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START HERE!  Building an Open Learning Site Together

This is an open learning community and we learn from each other.  By using an open educational resource you will more readily find new ways to analyze the structure and dynamics of the history of Kentucky from many different viewpoints.  So use this site to venture further into cross-cultural and interdisciplinary resources – we hope to gain an understanding of and appreciation for both the diversity and commonality of our lives, identities and dreams across time, place and social groupings.

Copyright: Info and Quiz

Key to being a good historian is understanding and respecting the value of the historical record and the intellectual property of others.  In other words, the ethics of history require us to be open about how and where we found our resources – using scholarly formats of bibliographies and annotations so that the public may discover the process by which the historical interpretation was crafted. So, before you start, find out about the concepts and principles of copyright. Acknowledging that we rely on the work of other historians is not only an important part of scholarly integrity but also an important way to build an academic community. Historians believe that there should be multiple and conflicting perspectives and that public critical inquiry enriches and deepens the dialogs in the historians scholarly community and improves the larger communities in which we all live.  See more on the ethics involved in good historical practice at the American Historical Association’s “Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct” (www.historians.org/pubs/Free/ProfessionalStandards.cfm).

Reinette Jones, oral history librarian at the University of Kentucky, has put together a terrific “LibGuide” that offers many resources for you.  In particular, check out the part on copyright issues. See if you can pass the copyright quiz posted there: LibGuide for History of Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era.
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KYwCRh (WordPress) account

To join this community, click on “create an account” (located on the right-hand side of the page). If you have a WordPress.com account from another blog site, you can use that same username and login. At first, you will be identified as a “subscriber” which means you can edit your profile and be included in discussion groups. If you choose to become an “author” – writing research articles, starting your own group and posting forum topics – please send a message to @hollingsworth with a description of your research project. We look forward to including you in our community.

Twitter hashtag – #KYwomen

Another part of this site is a regular feed from users of the micro-blogging network, Twitter.com.  Whenever you send a tweet that includes #KYwomen, it will show up here on this site’s right nav bar.  Use Twitter to share with us your comments and analysis of an event that provides some interesting insight on the history of Kentucky women.  For example, we used it when attending the University of Kentucky’s African-American Studies Research Program Race Dialogues Series. Having Twitter “back channel” allows for others to observe and participate in this wonderful series even from afar.  Sometimes, when the face-to-face discussions grow heated (as they inevitably should – these are difficult and culturally sensitive issues) it helps to have a sort of safety valve and get your ideas out in bits and pieces even if you don’t feel comfortable saying them out loud in the live group.

Click here for archived Twitter feed from #KYwomen

RSS feeds from Diigo – Annotated Bibliographies

One of the key tasks for any historian is to keep notes on what is being read and discussed: some people call it a research log and others prefer an annotated bibliography type of format (for more on annotated bibliographies, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01).  We are using a public group in Diigo to keep a public record of the sources members of the community acquire (or chose not to use) in learning more about the many different topics that make up the history of Kentucky women. A research log or annotated bibliography will help build the common knowledge base helps build this Open Educational Resource site.  Please join the Diigo group (use the Join Now link below) and use this social bookmarking software to store your favorite images, highlights of online resources and bookmark links to websites, articles, data sources, pictures, videos, etc. that are relevant to our exploration of the history of Kentucky women in the civil rights era.


Research Tools

We are interested in helping you get the help you need for your projects. Take a look at our suggestions on our Research Tools page. Please feel free to add comments to the page with suggestions and lessons learned.

Academic Credit for Researching Kentucky Women’s History

If you are interested in earning academic credit for researching Kentucky women’s history, please explore the options discussed on the next page: Academic Credit.

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