HistTech: Jurassic Coast Fossil Finder

One of the new features I would like to slowly roll-out is one called “HistTech”. This is simply my way of highlighting some digital history projects, exhibits, and other resources which bring together historical content and technology. I have chosen these sites because they allow users to engage with the site materials beyond simply viewing,

HistTech: Paper.li

One of things I am interested in is technology and how it can be used in conjunction with history. Over the next few weeks, I will be rolling out a new feature called HistTech. I will be featuring some of my favorite tools and how I use them in promoting this blog and in my

The Colossus of…Braavos?

(Warning: contains spoilers for Game of Thrones fans!) Back in January I started reading the series A Song of Ice and Fire, better known as the Game of Thrones books. Friends had told me that I would enjoy them (even before the show came out), being the fan of medieval Europe that I am. Five

Looking for Primary Source Collections!

As a student of history, I understand the need to access primary source collections, but I also know that sometimes these are hard to find. Therefore, I would like to ask you, my friends and faithful readers, for your input. Are there any primary resource databases or collections that you regularly use in your research?

Final Paper, Final Thoughts

I’ve reached the end of the spring semester of my first year of graduate school. And what a trip! Over the past couple of months, I have been formulating thoughts on my final paper for digital history. Which issue in digital history interested me enough to devote a final essay? Interestingly (or, perhaps, not interestingly),

Neolithic Britain’s Most Beautiful Secret

(Editor’s note: This is a post by my friend Hannah, author of this post.) The stone circle at Castlerigg, in the Lake District of North-West England, is one of the most stunning of the stone circles that are spread across the British Isles and Brittany. Stone circles were originally raised as part of the megalithic

When Twitter+History=Awesome: #AskHenryVIII

I have been on Twitter (@a_williams06 and @MyLifeIsHistory) for over four years now, and I find it awesome. I use my personal account to keep tabs on friends, institutions, favorite artists and celebrities, causes I care about, etc. My “professional” account (the one I use for this blog) is used for following Twitter accounts that

Editing Wikipedia: Not as Easy as One May Think

As a spring break assignment in my digital history class, I was tasked with editing a Wikipedia entry and tracking, if any, changes that others made to my edits. What I discovered was that it was probably harder for me to determine what to change than for anyone to edit it.

“Pursue Your Passion, Make a Good Living, Change the World”

A few weeks ago, I discovered that Bill Nye, the famous scientist, comedian, and television host, was speaking at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as part of their Geek Week and part of The Distinguished Lecture Series. Being that I grew up as part of the generation which watched his show Bill Nye the Science Guy,

This Week in History: The Sinking of the Hunley

150 years ago, America was embroiled in one of the bloodiest wars ever fought on native soil: the American Civil War. 150 years ago, the North fought the South, brother fought brother, nation fought nation. 150 years ago, when the naval blockade of Southern ports threatened to choke the Confederacy, a little submarine defeated a