Workbook for Introduction to Digital Humanities: A-State

Morgan's Project Review

Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal. Joseph Yannielli, Project Manager; Yale University; Created in 2018; Accessed in January, 23, 2018

Based on the information this digital humanities portal provides its readers with, this specific website was created to help “provide both researchers as well as students access to a multitude of primary sources related to slavery, abolition, and resistance within Yale University’s many libraries and galleries”. All of the primary sources come from the university’s libraries and databases, and this project would be recognized by The Public Historian as an online archive as it is a website that provides free access to a body of primary source documents. This project was organized and created by Yale University, but was developed through collaboration between Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and the Yale Instructional Technology Group.
As the website specifically says, this is definitely a website designed for research and scholarship. If one were new to the topic of slavery, resistance, or abolition, this website would require quite a bit of research before that person would be able to fully understand the topic. This is definitely a destination website, meaning one would have to be looking or this website before coming across it. Although the website it created for researchers and students of the field, the website is designed in a way that anyone could easily use it. It is reasonably navigable and fairly easy to find documents pertaining to your specific interest. Located on the front page of the website is a “tag cloud” where one could quickly access primary sources for a topic of interest. Not only can the “tag cloud” quickly lead you to a list of primary sources concerning a topic, through a simple search in the search bar, one can organize and sort items depending on what period, place they are interested in, or by a more specified topic of interest. I believe that this website has a clear and effective design. The website is clear to tell you who they are providing research for, as well as what type of resources they can provide you with. Although I find this website’s organization and structure to be clear and effective, I do not believe that it makes use of new media and new technologies. While the site is fairly new, it does not provide new functionalities that traditional media cannot. It is actually a very basic website in terms of what it can do and provide the reader with, but I also believe that for a website geared towards providing primary sources to researches and students, it does what is needed. 

Morgan Garland 
Arkansas State University 

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