Electronic Texts in the Humanities: A Selected Bibliography

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Electronic Texts in the Humanities: A Selected Bibliography

Lowry, Anita K., Information Technology and Libraries

This is a suggested reference and reading list, whose purpose it to provide librarians with a bibilography of basic sources for understanding how scholars in the humanities use electronic texts and computer-based methods of analysis, for identifying and locating electronic texts and related resources, and for addressing some of the issues involved in the production, distribution, and use of electronic texts.


Unfourtunately, there is no basic survey to replace the Hockey and Oakman works from the early 1980s, which now are very dated and are useful primarily as guides to the general categories, vocabulary, and history of humanities and literary computing. The essays contained in Computers and Written Texts are much more recent and cover most of the major fields in linguistic and literary computing; its bibilography, though not classified or annotated, is very good.

Bulter, Christopher S., eds. Computers and Written Texts. Oxford: Blackwell, 1992.

The focus of this volume is on computer applications in linguistics and language studies, except for the following essays: Lou Burnard, "Tools and Techniques for Computer-Assisted Text Processing" (p.1-28); John F. Burrows, "Computers and the Study of Literature" (p.167-204); Wilhelm Ott, "Computers and Textual Editing" (p.205-26). Each essay has a section of suggestions for further reading, and the volume concludes with a twenty-five-page bibliography.

Hockey, Susan. A Guide to Computer Applications in the Humanities. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Pr., 1980.

Clearly written but dated, this guide covers the techniques for the application of computers to various kinds of linguistic and literary studies.

Humanities Computing Yearbook. Oxford: Clarendon Pr. Vol. 1, 1988; Vol. 2, 1989-90.

Although more a directory than a survey (see entry under "Guides and Directories"), it does include a brief state-of-the-art survey at the beginning of each chapter.

Oakman, Robert. Computers for Literary Research. Athens, Ga.: Univ. of Georgia Pr., 1984.

This work was originally published in 1980; the bibliography was updated in 1984.

Guides and Directories

There is no comprehensive source of information about the existence and availability of scholarly electronic texts and text-analysis software in the humanities. The cataloging records of the Rutgers Inventory of Machine-Readable Texts in the Humanities (included in the MDF file of the RLIN database [see below]) represent the largest single list of titles; and Columbia University Libraries has recently received a grant to fully catalog a number of the texts and text databases in its Electronic text Service, which will add several hundred records to the RLIN MDF file and to the OCLC database. The Humanities Computing Yearbook and the Georgetown University Catalogue of Projects in Electronic Text provide information primarily about electronic text projects and databases, less frequently about individual texts. Other sources of information include announcements and catalogs from publishers like Oxford University Press Electronic Publishing Division, InteLex Corp., Chadwyck-Healey, Eastgage Systems (hyperfiction), and Intellimation and Voyager (hypertext and hypermedia); announcements and reviews in print and electronic journals and newsletters (including the myriad disciplinary and topical electronic lists and discussion groups); publications of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (New Brunswick, N.J.) and the Computers in Teaching Initiative Centre for Textual Studies (Oxford University Computing Service); and conference devoted to computer applications in the humanities, such as the annual joint conference of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Association for Literacy and Linguistic Computing.

Computers in Teaching Initiative Centre for Textual Studies. Resources Guide.

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