Bibliography of Articles Pertaining to Early Modern Digital Bibliography and Scholarship

There are a number of excellent articles on digital bibliography and scholarship, some of them online.   Below is a preliminary list of items.  As additional entries are received, they will be entered in the bibliography.  Many of these articles are discussed within this blog.

Robin C. Alston, “The History of ESTC,” The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual 15 (2004), 269-329.

Hugh Amory, “Pseudodoxia Bibliographica, or When is a Book Not a Book? When It’s a Record” In The Scholar & the Database: Papers Presented on 4 November 1999 at the CERL Conference Hosted by the Royal Library, Brussels, ed. Lotta Hellinga, 2 (2001), 1-14.

Mark Armstrong, Collection Sales: Good or Bad for Journals? (April 2008)

Mark Aronson, Reply to Robert Darnton’s “The Library in the New Age,” “Google Without Pix,” New York Review of Books (July 17, 2008).

James P. Ascher, “The Wordes Moote be Cosyn to the Dede: Diplomatic Transcription and Shifting Senses of Exactness Toward the Ecosystem of Digital Reproduction,” Appositions: Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 4  (2011).

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.,  “Google Book Search Bibliography,”

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.,  Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010.

Sarah Barber, “Digitisation and the Survival of Documents: the Records of Seventeenth-Century Barbados,” Appositions: Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 4 (2011).

Dennis Baron, A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Theodore C. Bergstrom, “Big Deal Contract Project” (UC Santa Barbara Economics Dept.)

Kevin Berland, “Formalized Curiosity in the Electronic Age and Uses of On-line Text-Bases,” The Age of Johnson 17 (2006), 392-413.

Peter W. M. Blayney, “The Numbers Game: Appraising the Revised STC,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 88:3 (1994), 353-407.

Nicholas Carr, “The Library of Utopia.”  Technology Review, (May/June 2012).

Laura Brown, Rebecca Griffiths, and Matthew Rascoff.  University Publishing in a Digital Age.  Ithaka, 26 July 2007.  Web. 13 July 2011.

Sheila T. Cavanagh, “How Does Your Archive Grow?: Academic Politics & Economics in the Digital Age.  Appositions: Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 4 (2011).

Justin Champion, “Discovering the Past Online,” JISC inform: The Magazine of the Joint Information Systems Committee 8 (2005).

Joan F. Cheverie, et al.  “Digital Scholarship in the University Tenure and Promotion Process: A Report on the Sixth Scholarly Communication Symposium at Georgetown University Library.”  Journal of Scholarly Publishing 40.3 (2009): 219-30.  Print.

Patricia Cohen, “Internet Use Affect Memory, Study Finds,” The New York Times (July 14, 2011).

Paul N. Courant et al, Reply to Robert Darnton’s “Google and the Future of Books,” “Google & Books: An Exchange,” New York Review of Books (March 26, 2009).

Jeanne Glaubitz Cross.  “Reviewing Digital Scholarship: The Need for Discipline-Based Peer Review.”  Journal of Web Librarianship 2.4 (2008); 549-66.  Print.

Stefania Crowther, Ethan Jordan, Jacqueline Wernimont, and Hillary Nunn, “New Scholarship, New Pedagogies: Views from the ‘EEBO Generation,” Early Modern Literary Studies 14.2/Special Issue 17 (September, 2008) 3.1-30.

Peter Damian-Grint, “Eighteenth-Century Literature in English and Other Languages: Image, Text, and Hypertext,” A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, ed. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Robert Darnton, The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future (Philadelphia: PublicAffairs, 2009).

—————        “Can We Create a National Digital Library?” New York Review of Books (Oct. 28, 2010), 4.

—————        “A Digital Library Better than Google’s,” New York Times (March 24, 2011).

—————       “Google & the Future of Books,” New York Review of Books (February 12, 2009).

—————        “Google and the New Digital Future,” New York Review of Books (December 17, 2009).

————–         “Google’s Loss: The Public’s Gain,” New York Review of Books (April 28, 2011).

—————         “The Library in the New Age,” New York Review of Books, (June 12, 2008).

————–         “The Library: Three Jeremiads,” New York Review of Books, (December 23, 2010).

————–          “The Grub Street Project: A Cautionary Tale.”  In McGann, ed.  Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come.  Connexions, 8 May 2010.  Web.

Marilyn Deegan and Simon Tanner, “Conversion of Primary Sources,” A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Paul Duguid, “Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Book,” in David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, (eds.), The Book History Reader (Routledge, 2002), 494-508.

Gabriel Egan and John Jowett, “Review of the Early English Books Online (EEBO),” Interactive Early Modern Literary Studies (January 2001), 1-13 jowetteebo.htm.

Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser, “Early Modern Digital Scholarship and DEEP: Databases of Early English Playbooks,” Literature Compass Online:

Julia Flanders, “Learning, Reading, and the Problem of Scale: Using Women Writers Online,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture 2 (2002): 50, 52-53, 57-58.

—————, “The Productive Unease of 21st-Century Digital Scholarship.DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.3 (2009).

Kevin Franklin and Karen Rodriguez, “The Next Big Thing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science Computing: 18thConnect,” HPCWire (November 24, 2008), 3 pp. academia/The_Next_Big_Thing_in Humanities_Arts_and_Social_ Science_Computing_18thConnect_ 35010199.-html.

Ian Gadd, “The Use and Misuse of Early English Books Online,” Literature Compass Online:

Jeffrey Garrett, “Casting a Wide Net: The Early English Books Project Meets at Northwestern,” College & Research Libraries News 63 (2002): 117-119.

Stephen Greenblatt, “A Special Letter from Stephen Greenblatt.”  Modern Language Association.  MLA, 2002.  Web.

Sayre Greenfield, “ECCO-Locating the Eighteenth Century,” The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (Jan. 2007), N.S. 21:1 (2007): 1-9.

Jean-Claude Guédon and Boudewijn Walraven, Reply to Robert Darnton’s ” The Library in the New Age,” “Who Will Digitize the World’s Books?New York Review of Books (August 14, 2008).

James A. Heffernan, reply to Robert Darnton’s “The Library: Three Jeremiads,” “How to Use the Internet,” New York Review of Books (February 24, 2011).

Lotte Hellinga, ed., The Scholar and the Database: Papers Presented on 4 November 1999 at the CERL conference hosted by the Royal Library, Brussels, (London: Consortium of European Research Libraries, 2001).

Jennifer Howard, “One Step Closer to a National Digital Library,” Chronicle of Higher Education (October 6, 2010).

Robert D. Hume, “The ECCO Revolution,”

William A. Jackson, “Some Limitations of Microfilm,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 35 (1941), 281-88.

Ronald Jantz and Rudolf Bell, “English Advice Manuals Online at Rutgers: A Partnership in a New Course Using Digital Books and Web Technology,” Library Hi Tech 20 (2002): 318-324.

George Justice, “The ESTC and Eighteenth-Century Literary Studies,” Literature Compass Online:

Diana Kichuk, “Metamorphosis: Remediation in Early English Books Online (EEBO),” Literary and Linguistic Computing 22:3 (2007), 291-303.

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Approaches to Managing and Collection Born-Digital Literary Materials for Scholarly Use,” NEH Office of Digital Humanities White Paper, 2008-2009.

Anthony Lewis et al, reply to Robert Darnton’s “Google and the New Digital Future,” “Google & the Future of Books: An Exchange,” New York Review of Books (January 14, 2010).

Thea Lindquist and Heather Wicht, “‘Pleas’d By a Newe Inuention? Assessing the Impact of Early English Books Online on Teaching and Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 33:3 (2007), 347-60.

Marlene Manoff, “Archive and Database as Metaphor: Theorizing the Historical Record,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 10.4 (2010): 385-398.

—–, “Theories of the Archive from Across the Disciplines,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 4.1 (2004): 9-25.

Nancy L. Maron and Matthew Loy, “Funding for Sustainability: How Funders’ Practices Influence the Future of Digital Resources”, JISC, Strategic Content Alliance, June 2011.

Ashley Marshall and Robert D. Hume, “The Joys, Possibilities, and Perils of the British Library’s Digital Burney Newspapers Collection,” PBSA 104:1 (2010), 5-52.

Shawn Martin, “EEBO, Microfilm, and Umberto Eco: Historical Lessons and Future Directions for Building Electronic Collections,” Microform & Imaging Review 36:4 (2007), 159-64.

—————          “Digital Scholarship and Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities: Lessons from the Text Creation Partnership,” Journal of Electronic Publishing 10:1 (2007),

—————           “Collaboration in Electronic Scholarly Communication: New Possibilities for Old Books,” Journal of the Association for History and Computing 9:2 (2006),

—————           “Reaching Out: What do Scholars Want from Electronic Resources?” Proceedings of the Association for Computing in the Humanities, (2005),

James May, “Some Problems in ECCO (and ESTC),” The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer N.S. 23:1 (Jan. 2009), 20-30.

—————           “Accessing the Inclusiveness of Searches in the Online Burney Newspapers Collection,” The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer N.S. 23:2 (May 2009), 28-34.

—————            “Who Will Edit the ESTC? (And Have You Checked OCLC Lately?),” Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography, n.s. 12 (2001), 288-304.

Austin J. McClean, “Early British Printing Meets the Electronic Age: A Large-Scale Digitization Case Study,” Microform and Imaging Review 30 (2001): 127-134.

Donald McKenzie, “Printing and Publishing 1557-1700: Constraints on the London Book Trades,” in J. Barnard and D. McKenzie (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Book.  Volume IV 1557-1695 (Cambridge, 2002), 553-567.

Geoffrey Nunberg, “Farewell to the Information Age,” in David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, (eds.), The Book History Reader (Routledge, 2002), 509-525.

Peter Osno, “What is Google Editions?Atlantic (October 21, 2010).

Thomas Pack, “Bringing Literature Alive: Early English Books Online Reshape Research Opportunities,” EContent 22 (1999): 26-28.

Mark Poster, “The Digital Subject and Cultural Theory,” in David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, (eds.), The Book History Reader (Routledge, 2002), 486-493.

Nick Poyntz, “Digital History and Early Modern Studies,” digital-history-and-early-modern-studies/.

—————          “Reading Early Modern Pamphlets,” reading-early-modern-pamphlets/.

Joseph Raben, reply to “‘The Digital Public Library of America': an Exchange,” “Digital Democratic Vistas,” New York Review of Books (December 23, 2010).

Mark Sandler, “Academic and Commercial Roles in Building ‘The Digital Library,'” Collection Management 28 (2003): 107-119.

Mark Sandler, “New Uses for the World’s Oldest Books: Democratizing Access to Historic Corpora,” ARL Bimonthly Report 232 (2004): 4-6.

John P. Schmitt, “Early English Books Online,” The Charleston Advisor 4:4 (2003), 5-8. /chadv/2003/-00000004/00000004/art00005.

Kathryn Schulz, “What is Distant Reading?”  New York Times (24 June 2011), BR14.

Susan Schriebman, Laura Mandell, and Stephen Olsen, eds.  “Evaluating Digital Scholarship.”  Profession 2011, 123-201.

Elizabeth Scott-Baumann and Ben Burton, “Encoding Form: A Proposed Database of Poetic Form,” Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture 16 February 2010.

Tony Simpson, reply to Robert Darnton’s “Can We Create a National Digital Library?” “Toward ‘the Digital Public Library of America': An Exchange,” New York Review of Books (November 25, 2010).

Henry L. Snyder and Michael S. Smith, eds., The English Short-Title Catalogue: Past, Present, Future (New York, AMS Press, 2003).

Matthew Steggle, “Knowledge Will be Multiplied,” Digital Literary Studies and Early Modern Literature,” In A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Ed. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007).

Stephen Tabor, “ESTC and the Bibliographical Community,” The Library 7th ser., 8:4 (2007), 367-86.

Simon Tanner, Trevor Muñoz, and Pich Hemy Ros, “Measuring Mass Text Digitization Quality and Usefulness: Lessons Learned from Assessing the OCR Accuracy of the British Library’s 19th Century Online Newspaper Archive,” D-Lib Magazine 15.7/8 (2009).

Claire Warwick, “Print Scholarship and Digital Resources” A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

William Proctor Williams and William Baker, “Caveat Lector.  English Books 1475-1700 and the Electronic Age,” Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography 12 (2001), 1-29.

4 Responses to “Bibliography of Articles Pertaining to Early Modern Digital Bibliography and Scholarship”

  1. Nick Says:

    I’ve blogged a couple of times about issues pertinent to this in the context of EEBO in particular – once about 12 months ago and just now (a post that has been germinating for a while). While I would hesitate to put them in the same company as the list above hopefully they will be of interest:

  2. Anna Battigelli Says:

    Thanks, Nick. I have added these items to the bibliography. As you know, having announced this on Mercurius Politicus, SHARP is currently discussing whether reading the printed page is noticeably different from reading the screen. The quote you cite from Raymond’s The Invention of the Newspaper is the clearest articulation of any such difference that I have seen:

    The meaning of a text is the transitory product of a particular relationship between a reader or group of readers within specific circumstances, who encounter not texts but books. In this creative encounter the material construction of a book, its typography, binding, the feel of the paper, the situation in which it is read, whether silent or out loud, in a library, a crowd or a secluded room; in youth or in age; patiently or urgently; in a cloistered or revolutionary world; all these play upon the meanings which a reader and a text can produce between them. (Raymond, The Invention of the Newspaper, pp. 2-3).

    Again, thanks!

  3. Eleanor Shevlin Says:

    The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP)’s listservhas been having an exchange on this issue (and I believe one of the posters might have been instrumental in the piece appearing in the The New York Times on reading v. ‘screening.’ See the SHARP-L archives.

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