Primary sources are foundational to digital humanities research. Their study is a valuable part of developing critical thinking skills in students. Enhancing access to these “hidden” resources through digitization is a valuable service to scholars, students, and educators. However, merely scanning and providing full-text keyword searchability may not fully meet the needs of digital humanities scholars. Abbreviations, obsolete and regional word usage, idioms, misspellings and alternate spellings, and omissions in primary sources make keyword searching difficult. The addition of metadata in the form of normalized name headings and topics greatly enhances the research experience and saves the time of users.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Bair, Sheila A. and Carlson, Sharon, "Where Keywords Fail: Using Metadata to Facilitate Digital Humanities Scholarship" (2008). University Libraries Faculty & Staff Publications. 12.
Bair, Sheila, and Sharon Carlson. (2008). Where keywords fail: Using metadata to facilitate digital humanities scholarship. Journal of Library Metadata, 8(3): 249-262.