1. Wikipedia History Scraping

    To confirm the power law in Wikipedia edits (many doing a little, a few doing much) this regular expression and Python code parses a Wikipedia history fairly well:

    history_regex = r""".*?oldid=(\d+).*(\d\d:\d\d.*?\d\d\d\d)</a>.*<span class='history-user'>.*?>(.*?)</a>.*(?:<span class='comment'>(.*?)</span>)?</li …
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  2. Zimmerman's theory of history

    My understanding is that Zimmerman thinks that good history makes a compelling argument about humans in time. It might be compelling in that it is a story told well, and, most importantly, it casts light upon bigger historical themes. There is a relationship between the specificity of the project and …

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  3. Ethnography and History

    What is the difference between (sociological) ethnography and history? In taking a methodological course in each of these disciplines this semester I've been attempting to find an answer to the question; I offer my current, imperfect, understanding.

    Simply, the ethnographer is present to the social phenomenon of interest whereas the …

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  4. Plagiarism and primary sources

    Week eight: what accounts for the recent spate of scandal surrounding "facts, fictions, and fraud" in American historical scholarship? How might knowledge of these episodes affect or alter the way you pursue your own scholarship?

    In "Past Imperfect" Hoffer (2004) offers a number of arguments as to why there have …

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  5. Writing Ethnography

    The Professional-Lurker mentions Tales of the field: on writing ethnography (Van Maanen 1998), which I highly recommend for "practicum" reading. I'm presently reading another good book in the same series Writing ethnographic fieldnotes(Emerson, Fretz and Shaw 1995).


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    Prolurker on 2005-09-29

    Writing ethnographic fieldnotes (Emerson, Fretz and …

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