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Alice Gray Archives

Volume 6: Anika Schusser (2008): Creating a Cultural Studies Archive Based on the Alice Gray Archives

Heartland 6 / WVT 2008

ISBN 978-3-86821-052-1

€ 18,00 • $ 25,00

 

Anika Schusser

 

Creating a Cultural Studies Archive Based on the Alice Gray Archives

 

Cultural studies archives can be of tremendous value for translators and other researchers, since they provide an overview on a research topic in a short time. This thesis explains the process of creating a cultural studies archive based on the Alice Gray Archives, but in a more general sense it also represents a manual for creating a cultural studies archive on any topic. The various stages of the creation process are explained step by step, from researching and collecting data to making it accessible and searchable in the form of an archive. The work presents various data research methods, such as methods for obtaining research material in libraries, archives, or online and explains how they are used most effectively. Furthermore, it gives an overview of cultural studies archives and image databases and also provides an instructional manual for creating an image database. Various software tools that are necessary for creating the archive, such as desktop search engines and OCR software, are presented, compared and evaluated. All mentioned software tools are presented in a manner that is understandable to the novice.

 

120 pp., 64 fig.

 

Table of Contents

0 Introduction  2

1 Objectives  4

2 From Information to Knowledge – Types of Data Research in Cultural Studies  6

2.1 Literature Research   6

2.1.1 Libraries  6

2.1.2 Archives  9

2.1.3 Buying Books Online  19

2.2 The American Census 28

2.3 The World of Search Engines: Web Search Engines vs. Encyclopedic Search

Engines   32

2.3.1 Web Search Engines 32

2.3.2 Wikipedia – an Encyclopedic Search Engine 41

2.4 Data Research with Web Research 45

2.5 Content Analysis 48

2.5.1 Quantitative Content Analysis 50

2.5.2 Qualitative Content Analysis 56

2.5.3 Content Analysis of Newspaper Articles about Alice Gray, also known as “Diana of the Dunes” 59

3 Types of Documentation for Cultural Studies Data 62

3.1 Cultural Studies Archives 62

3.2 Image Databases 63

4 Indexing and Filing Data 65

4.1 Coding Data  65

4.2 Desktop Search Engines  68

4.2.1 Copernic Desktop Search 2.0  69

4.2.2 Windows Desktop Search 2.6 71

4.2.3 Yahoo! Desktop Search 1.2 73

4.2.4 Google Desktop 4.5 75

4.2.5 Comparison among Desktop Search Engines 78

4.3 OCR Software 82

4.3.1 SimpleOCR 83

4.3.2 OmniPage 15 84

4.3.3 Readiris Pro 11 85

4.3.4 FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition 86

5 Creating a Cultural Studies Archive 91

6 Creating an Image Database 92

7 Conclusion  97

Sources 99

Table of Images 106

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