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Digitised Newspapers

Author: Richard A. Hawkins

Type: Teaching Guide


Newspapers, in all their various formats and missions, have long been crucial sources of information about political, social, economic and cultural events and trends. For most lecturers, they have been a fixture of reportage for centuries. However, the rise of digital media has, for perhaps the first time, threatened the relevancy and future of the newspaper industry. Therefore, many incoming undergraduates may fail to appreciate their richness and value as a historical source and this lack of enthusiasm may deter history lecturers and tutors from using them. This guide aims to offer advice and examples of reintegrating newspapers, namely digitised newspapers, into university history teaching.

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