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Title:Electronic texts in the Humanities: A coming of age
Author(s):Hockey, Susan
Subject(s):Electronic texts
Humanities research
Abstract:Electronic texts have been used for research and teaching in the humanities ever since the end of the 1940s. This paper charts the development of various applications in literary computing including concordances, text retrieval, stylistic studies, scholarly editing, and metrical analyses. Many electronic texts now exist as a by-product of these activities. Efforts to use these texts for new applications led to the need for a common encoding scheme, which has now been developed in the form of the Text Encoding Initiative's implementation of the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), and to the need for commonly used procedures for documenting electronic texts, which are just beginning to emerge. The need to separate data from software is now better understood, and the variety of CD-ROM-based text and software packages currently available is posing significant problems of support for libraries as well as delivering only partial solutions to many scholarly requirements. Attention is now turning to research towards more advanced network-based delivery mechanisms.
Issue Date:1994
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Hockey, S. (1994) Electronic texts in the humanities: a coming of age. In B. Sutton (ed) Literary texts in an electronic age: Scholarly implications and library services [papers presented at the 1994 Clinic on Library applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1994]: 21-34.
Series/Report:Literary texts in an electronic age: Scholarly implications and library services [papers presented at the 1994 Clinic on Library applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1994]
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/392
ISBN:0878450963
ISSN:0069-4789
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-03-20


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