This is the collection for the University of Waterloo's Department of History .

Research outputs are organized by type (eg. Master Thesis, Article, Conference Paper).

Waterloo faculty, students, and staff can contact us or visit the UWSpace guide to learn more about depositing their research.

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  • Conflicts and Agreements: Canada’s Foundations and Their Consequences, 1865-1949 

    Dutil, Patrice; Heidt, Daniel; Krikorian, Jacqueline; Lackenbauer, P. Whitney; Martel, Marcel; Wardhaugh, Robert (The Confederation Debates, 2017-06)
    In response to curiosity about Confederation during this sesquicentennial year, historians Patrice Dutil, Daniel Heidt, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Marcel Martel, Robert Wardhaugh, and political scientist Jacqueline Krikorian ...
  • Writing the Historian's Macroscope in Public 

    Milligan, Ian; Graham, Shawn; Weingart, Scott (American Historical Association, 2014-10)
    Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian's Macroscope - A short book summary by the authors exploring their own rationale, and the historical context for the book's themes, including descriptions of the collaborative ...
  • Welcome to the web: The online community of GeoCities during the early years of the World Wide Web 

    Milligan, Ian (UCL Press, 2017-03)
    As the World Wide Web entered mainstream North American society in the mid-to late 1990s, GeoCities was there to welcome users with open arms. GeoCities helped to facilitate their first steps into publishing, so they could ...
  • Does History Matter? Pioneering Research on Canada's Attitudes Toward Bygone Days 

    Milligan, Ian (The LIterary Review of Canada, 2014-05)
    A book review of 'Canadians and their past' by Margaret Conrad, Kadriye Ercikan, Gerald Friesen, Jocelyn Létourneau, Delphin Muise, David Northrup and Peter Seixas.
  • The Problem of History in the Age of Abundance 

    Milligan, Ian (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016-12-11)
    Our collective cultural heritage faces a serious problem: In the digital age, we can document and "remember" more than ever before. But the scale of historical material is so huge that it will decisively change how scholars ...
  • Automated Downloading with Wget 

    Milligan, Ian (The Editorial Board of the Programming Historian, 2012-06-27)
    Wget is a useful program, run through your computer’s command line, for retrieving online material. It can be useful in the following situations: Retrieving or mirroring (creating an exact copy of) an entire website. ...
  • Counting and Mining Research Data with Unix 

    Baker, James; Milligan, Ian (The Editorial Board of the Programming Historian, 2014-09-20)
    This lesson will look at how research data, when organised in a clear and predictable manner, can be counted and mined using the Unix shell. The lesson builds on the lessons “Preserving Your Research Data: Documenting and ...
  • Illusionary Order: Online Databases, Optical Character Recognition, and Canadian History, 1997–2010 

    Milligan, Ian (University of Toronto Press, 2013-12)
    It all seems so orderly and comprehensive. Instead of firing up the microfilm reader to navigate the Globe and Mail or the Toronto Star, one needs only to log into online newspaper databases. A keyword search, for a ...
  • An Open-Source Strategy for Documenting Events: The Case Study of the 42nd Canadian Federal Election on Twitter 

    Ruest, Nick; Milligan, Ian (Code4Lib, 2016-04-25)
    This article examines the tools, approaches, collaboration, and findings of the Web Archives for Historical Research Group around the capture and analysis of about 4 million tweets during the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. ...
  • Introduction to the Bash Command Line 

    Milligan, Ian; Baker, James (The Editorial Board of the Programming Historian, 2014-09-20)
    This lesson uses a Unix shell, which is a command-line interpreter that provides a user interface for the Unix operating system and for Unix-like systems. This lesson will cover a small number of basic commands. By the end ...
  • The great WARC adventure: Using SIPS, AIPS, and DIPS to document SLAPPs 

    Milligan, Ian; Ruest, Nick; St. Onge, Anna (Society for Digital Humanities, 2016-03)
    This paper outlines the circumstances surrounding a libel case that was filed against academic librarian Dale Askey by publisher Herbert Richardson and his company Edwin Mellen Press, the resulting online debate, protest, ...
  • Finding Community in the Ruins of GeoCities: Distantly Reading a Web Archive 

    Milligan, Ian (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2015-10)
    This paper provides a brief overview of my work with the GeoCities web archive. Asking the question of “can we find community,” I use it as a case study to explain various methods for distantly reading web archives
  • Content Selection and Curation for Web Archiving: The Gatekeepers vs. the Masses 

    Milligan, Ian; Ruest, Nick; Lin, Jimmy (Association for Computing Machinery, 2016-06)
    Any preservation effort must begin with an assessment of what content to preserve, and web archiving is no different. There have historically been two answers to the question "what should we archive?" The Internet Archive's ...
  • Desiderata for Exploratory Search Interfaces to Web Archives in Support of Scholarly Activities 

    Jackson, Andrew; Lin, Jimmy; Milligan, Ian; Ruest, Nick (Association for Computing Machinery, 2016-06)
    Web archiving initiatives around the world capture ephemeral web content to preserve our collective digital memory. In this paper, we describe initial experiences in providing an exploratory search interface to web archives ...
  • Open Data’s Potential for Political History 

    Milligan, Ian (Canadian Parliamentary Review, 2014)
    The recent trend of “open government” initiatives has provided an exciting new source of material for digital humanities researchers. Large datasets allow these scholars to engage in “distant reading” exercises to provide ...
  • Alikomiak and Tatamigana: Justice and Injustice in the Canadian Arctic 

    Beiler, Lisa (University of Waterloo, 2016-11-15)
    In 1922, two Inuit men—Alikomiak and Tatamigana—were arrested on the Coronation Gulf near Tree River in connection with the killing of six other Inuit. While in Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) custody, Alikomiak killed ...
  • “Lifting As We Climb”: The Emergence of an African-Canadian Civil Society in Southern Ontario (1840-1901) 

    Bridgen, Lorene (University of Waterloo, 2016-10-18)
    This dissertation examines Black civil society organizations that brought the African-Canadian community closer to their rights as citizens of Canada West from 1840-1901. Past scholars have applied the concept of civil ...
  • Canada, Great Britain, and the Ukrainian Famine: Failing to Respond to a Humanitarian Crisis, 1932-33 

    McCormick-Johnson, Andrew David (University of Waterloo, 2016-10-12)
    The Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, also known as the Holodomor, is regarded by historians as one of the twentieth century’s worst human catastrophes. While it took decades for the famine to receive suitably detailed analysis ...
  • The Puzzle of the Morrissette-Arcand Clan: A History Of Metis Historic and Intergenerational Trauma 

    Thistle, Jesse (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-20)
    This thesis explores how members of the Morrissette-Arcand clan, a Metis road allowance family from Saskatchewan, endured intergenerational trauma since being displaced from Red River in the 1870s. It frames Metis history ...
  • Sir John Eldon Gorst and British Social Policy 1875-1914 

    Niessen, Olwen Claire (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-15)
    The period of Liberal rule in Britain between 1906 and 1914 is justly remembered for its social reforms. The "New Liberalism" of these years produced the social legislation which constituted the nucleus of what is now the ...

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