Database Design and Concepts for Historians


Database Design and Concepts for Historians

Further Reading List

This section lists a selection of work published by historians (and perhaps the odd social scientist) on the processes involved in designing and using databases in historical research. The majority of these publications deal with database design in the context of actual historical projects, and they are representative of the kinds of considerations of that must be given to data modelling when specific research aims are to be taken into account. The problems and solutions discussed in many of them are broadly applicable to historical research more generally.

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Arista

J. M. Arista, ‘Building a Lexical Database of Old English: Issues and Landmarks’ in J. P. Considine (ed.), Current projects in historical lexicography (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2010), 1-39.

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  Arista

B

Baskerville

S. Baskerville, ed., History and Computing Special Issue: Record Linkage II, 6:3 (1994)

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  Baskerville

Baskerville; Morris

S. Baskerville, P. Hudson & R. J. Morris, eds., History and Computing Special Issue: Record Linkage, 4:2 (1992).

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  Baskerville; Morris

Boonstra; Collenteur; van Elderen

O. Boonstra, G. Collenteur & B. van Elderen, eds, Structures and Contingencies in Computerized Historical Research. Proceedings of the IX International Conference of the Association for History and Computing, Nijmegen, 1994 (Hilversum, 1995).

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  Boonstra; Collenteur; van Elderen

Borodkin; Doorn

L. Borodkin & P. Doorn, eds, Data Modelling, Modelling History. Proceedings of the XI International Conference of the Association for History and Computing (Moscow, 2000).

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  Borodkin; Doorn

Bowyers

D. Bowyers, From Data to Database (London, 2nd edn. 1993).

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  Bowyers

Bradley

J. Bradley, Relational Database Design and the Reconstruction of the British Medical Profession:Constraints and Strategies, History and Computing, 6:2 (1994), 71-84.

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  Bradley

Bradley

J. Bradley, ‘Relational database design and the reconstruction of the British medical profession: constraints and strategies’, History and Computing, 6 (1994), 71-84.

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  Bradley

Bradley

M. Bradley, ‘The Reading Experience Database’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 15:1 (2010), 151-53.

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  Bradley

Brent Jr

E. E. Brent Jr., ‘Relational Data Base Structures and Concept Formation in the Social Sciences’,Computers and the Social Sciences, 2 (1985), 29-50.

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  Brent Jr

Burns; Fincham; Taylor

R. A. Burns, K. Fincham, S. Taylor, ‘Reconstructing Clerical Careers: The Experience of the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 55:4 (2004), 726-37.

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  Burns; Fincham; Taylor

C

Cameron; Richardson

S. Cameron and S. Richardson, Using Computers in History (Macmillan, 2005).

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  Cameron; Richardson

D

Date

C. J. Date, An Introduction to Database Systems (Reading, MA, 6th edn. 1995).

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  Date

Davey; Jarvis

C. Davey, A. S. Jarvis, ‘Microcomputers for microhistory: a database approach to the reconstitution of small English populations’, History and Computing, 2 (1990), 187-93.

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  Davey; Jarvis

Denley

P. Denley, ‘Models, sources and users: historical database design in the 1990s’, History and Computing, 6:2 (1994), 33-43.

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  Denley

Denley; Fogelvik; Harvey

P. Denley, S. Fogelvik & C. Harvey, eds, History and Computing II (Manchester, 1989).

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  Denley; Fogelvik; Harvey

Denley; Hopkin

P. Denley & D. Hopkin, eds, History and Computing (Manchester, 1987).

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  Denley; Hopkin

G

Greenstein

D. I. Greenstein, ‘A Source Orientated Approach to History and Computing: The Relational Database’, Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung, 14:3 (1989), 9-16.

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  Greenstein

Greenstein

D. I. Greenstein, A Historian’s Guide to Computing (Oxford, 1994).

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  Greenstein

H

Hammond

M. Hammond, ‘The Reading Experience Database 1450-1945 (RED)’ in R. Myers, M. Harris, G. Mandelbrote (eds.), Owners, annotators, and the signs of reading (London, 2005), 175-87.

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  Hammond

Harbor

C. Harbor, ‘New Wine from Old Bottles: Reexamining an Established Database’, Historical Methods, 41:1 (2008), 3-16

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  Harbor

Harvey; Press

C. Harvey & J. Press, Databases in Historical Research (London, 1996).

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  Harvey; Press

Harvey; Press

C. Harvey & J. Press, ‘The Business Elite of Bristol: a Case Study in Database Design’, History and Computing, 3:1 (1991), 1-11.

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  Harvey; Press

Harvey; Press

C. Harvey & J. Press, ‘Relational Data Analysis: Value, Concepts and Methods’, History and Computing, 4:2 (1992), 98-109.

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  Harvey; Press

Higgs

E. Higgs, ‘Structuring the Past: The Occupational and Household Classification of Nineteenth-Century Census Data’ in E. Mawdsley, N. Morgan, L. Richmond, & R. Trainor, eds, History and Computing III. Historians, Computers and Data. Applications in Research and Teachin, (Manchester, 1990), 67-73.

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  Higgs

Hudson

P. Hudson, ‘A new history from below: computers and the maturing of local and regional history’, The Local Historian, 25 (1995), 209-222.

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  Hudson

Hudson

P. Hudson, History by Numbers (London, 2000).

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  Hudson

K

Keats-Rohan

K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, ‘Historical text archives and prosopography: the COEL database’, History and Computing, 10:1:3 (1999), 57-72.

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  Keats-Rohan

Keats-Rohan; Wollard

K. S. B. Keats-Rohan and M. Woollard, eds, ‘Prosopography and computing.’ Special issue of History and Computing, 12 (2000).

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  Keats-Rohan; Wollard

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Lewis; Lloyd-Jones

M. J. Lewis & R. Lloyd-Jones, Using Computers in History (London, 1996).

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  Lewis; Lloyd-Jones

Lloyd-Jones; Lewis

R. Lloyd-Jones, M. J. Lewis, ‘A Database for Historical Reconstruction: Manchester in the Industrial Revolution’, in E. Mawdsley, N. Morgan, L. Richmond & R. Trainor, eds, History and Computing III: Historians, Computers and Data. Applications in Research and Teaching (Manchester, 1990), 169-73.

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  Lloyd-Jones; Lewis

Lovegrove; Waller

M. Lovegrove, J. Waller, ‘Keeping a database alive: ensuring the survival and future understanding of the first emerging market index’, Business Archives, 83 (2002), 1-9.

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  Lovegrove; Waller

M

Mackman; Watt

J. Mackman, H. Watt, ‘The E 179 (Lay Taxation) Project: The Records and the Database’, Genealogists' Magazine, 28:1 (2004), 3-15.

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  Mackman; Watt

Mawdsley; Morgan; Richmond; Trainor

E. Mawdsley, N. Morgan, L. Richmond & R. Trainor, eds, History and Computing III: Historians, Computers and Data. Applications in Research and Teaching (Manchester, 1990).

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  Mawdsley; Morgan; Richmond; Trainor

Murnion; Mohan; Gorsky

S. Murnion, J. Mohan, M. Gorsky, ‘The Portsmouth voluntary hospitals database: using PERL to achieve automatic linkage of scanned text files to an existing database’, History and Computing, 11:3 (1999), 195-212.

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  Murnion; Mohan; Gorsky

P

Pelteret

D. A. E. Pelteret , ‘The challenges of constructing the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England DatabaseMedieval Prosopography, 22 (2001), 117-25.

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  Pelteret

S

Spavold

J. Spavold, ‘Using a relational database: the example of the Church Gresley inventories’, Local Historian, 26:2 (1996), 89-101.

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  Spavold

T

Towey

P. Towey, ‘Researching Anglican clergymen : The clergy of the Church of England database 1540-1835’, Genealogists' Magazine, 28:7 (2005), 310-12.

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  Towey

Townsend; Chappell; Struijve

S. Townsend, C. Chappell & O. Struijvé, Digitising History. A Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents (Oxford, 1999). On-line version available at: http://hds.essex.ac.uk/g2gp/digitising_history/index.asp

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  Townsend; Chappell; Struijve

W

White

B. White, The County Wicklow database: 432 A.D. to 2006 A.D (Dublin, 2006).

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  White

Woollard

M. Woollard, ‘The Bristol Historical Databases Project: local historians and the computer’, The Local Historian, 29 (1999), 43-51.

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  Woollard

Wrigley

E. A. Wrigley (ed.), An Introduction to English Historical Demography From the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century (London, 1966).

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  Wrigley

Wrigley

E. A. Wrigley, ed., Nineteenth Century Society: Essays in the Use of Quantitative Methods for the Study of Social Data (Cambridge, 1972).

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  Wrigley


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