The purpose of this assignment is to provide students with an opportunity to think about
concerns/questions/uncertainties regarding approaching digital historical content. The “How-to” guide should
be written with a non-expert reader in mind, for them to use as a resource. Students will choose a digital
historical resource (examples include online archives, digital collections, newspapers, streaming content,
docuseries, games, movies, etc…) and produce a written 2-page “how-to” guide that explains how to approach
this resource, what questions are important to ask about it, how to use it thoughtfully and carefully, its
usefulness for history, and its limitations. This assignment puts the student in the place of an educator and
asks them to consider (and interrogate) what they believe is important to think about when approaching a
digital historical resource.
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