Assignment for 9/23

Find one artifact that you want to examine in your research project and post it to your website.

When I say “artifact,” it can be anything–a book, a video, an audio clip, an article, an image, a text file, whatever. However, it should be a primary source.

Generally speaking, primary sources are the things you’re analyzing directly: in a literature paper, the primary sources are the poem or novel you’re critiquing; in a science paper, the primary sources are the raw data that you are working with; in a history paper, the primary sources are the historical documents or other artifacts that you are examining. Secondary sources are sources that provide analysis themselves: a work of literary criticism, a scientific paper, a biography of an historical figure, etc.

However, while that’s generally the case, whether or not something is a primary or secondary source depends on how you are using the source in your own work. If you were writing a paper analyzing an old movie and you cited Roger Ebert’s review of that movie in order to agree or disagree with him, or support a point that you were making about the film, then Roger Ebert’s review would be a secondary source. However, if you were writing a paper about Roger Ebert’s writing style, that same review could be used as a primary source. Primary sources can be thought of as the objects of your analysis, while secondary sources can be thought of as tools that you use to make your analysis.

So, find some kind of digital object that you want to analyze and post it to your site.

When I say “post it to your site,” that can mean different things as well:

Option 1: Upload a file to your media library — in your WordPress dashboard, click on “Media” and “Add New” — then go to your “Gallery” page and add the image there. You can either add it directly to the page or in a gallery, and there are different gallery plugins that you can install to have different displays of images.

Option 2: Embed your image using an embed code, as I demonstrated in class.

However you chose to upload it, I should be able to access it via the gallery page on your site–it should either be posted their directly or should be linked to on that page.

NOTE: don’t be too committed to any one way of displaying things on the gallery. Next week we’re going to talk about metadata, and we are going to add metadata to your artifacts, which will affect design decisions on your site. So don’t get too caught up on how things look right now, just make sure the artifact is available on the gallery page somehow.