Research Tools

Jon Kay on April 24, 2012

In a few weeks, I will be teaching a course on one of my favorite topics, Indiana Folklife. The course Indiana Folk Craft & Architecture (F360),  blends both the ideas of researching the expressive culture of the Hoosier state, with the hands on methods and techniques. I thought I would put it out there in […]

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Jon Kay on February 25, 2011

I am teaching a workshop this weekend on the Identification, Care and Handling of Historic Photographs. I am not an expert in this area, but I am a firm believer that the only way to really learn something is to teach it. So as I was pulling together information of the workshop I started thinking […]

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Jon Kay on January 4, 2011

My students often ask me what is the best scanner? I usually reply that it depends on how it is going to be used. My research takes me into the field to do interviews with people who want to share photographs, newspaper clippings and other documents with me.  I try not to borrow objects or […]

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Jon Kay on December 30, 2010

I find pocket microscopes like the  Carson MM-200 Pocket Microscope to be a necessary tool in my work with historical photographs.  This inexpensive scope combined with the information and photo samples available at the www.graphicatlas.org, help me to identify historic photographic materials and processes. Being able to recognize a photographs support material, binding and surface […]

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Jon Kay on December 29, 2010

Safeguarding your research data and having access to your materials when you need them are imperatives for anyone doing genealogical or historical research, which is why I use Dropbox to backup and sync my files to my various computers.  Offsite data storage helps prevent data loss from unforeseen issues such as theft and hardware failure. […]

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Jon Kay on December 27, 2010

In this post I share five digital tools that I use to edit and work with audio files, which I feel might be of interest to folks wanting to do oral interviews. I don’t use any of these tools to record interviews or my podcast, but I do use them to edit and work with […]

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