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Computing for Historians

What will you learn from this?

Computing for Historians is an optional skills component which provides training in how to use IT and spreadsheet skills to enhance your historical research. It will show you

  • how to use and manipulate access and excel databases
  • how to use access and excel to create databases to work on
  • how to create and select charts and tables to enhance your written work
  • how to find and utilise online and library resources, including tables and databases

Who is it for?

It is open to ALL students, but may be of particular interest to first year undergraduate students on the Making of the Modern World core module and to postgraduate students completing the quantitative research skills element of TSM.

It will help those who possess little or no IT experience to gain an understanding of key IT functions used at Warwick: including skills that are transferrable following your degree and encourage those with existing knowledge to learn more about IT skills, specifically in terms of historical research.

How long should it take?

The first eight sections (plus a shorter introduction on good practice) of this course are designed for both undergraduate and postgraduate use: each section should take approximately 20-30 mins to complete.

The three stages for each section (1-8): including working with excel

  • An introduction to the section and the skills it will equip you with
  • An interactive teaching and reference guide to take you through the skills to be learned
  • A self-assessment exercise of the skills learned

Sections 9 and 10: Access guides for postgraduates

Access can be useful in historical research. Excel is a good package for presenting material, performing calculations and carrying out simple database functions, but access is better for data analysis with complex data structures.

These two guides give an introduction to basic analysis and construction of an access database and how to use its relational capacities. After reviewing these guides, if you would like to complete more in-depth access training please view the IT services website to sign up for a course: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/its/servicessupport/training/coursecatalogue/

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