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ACADEMIC RESEARCH USING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS: A Critical Overview

Abstract:

In recent times, academic research has been enhanced through the use of digital technological tools made available in form of offline and online applications or software. The use of these tools in research has created tension among scholars as emphasis is being placed on the quantitative at the expense of the qualitative aspect of research.  The aim of this paper is to ensure a balance in these aspects of any academic research by calling for a minimum engagement with digital technological tools. Our objective would be to highlight the benefits of those tools in providing access to electronic versions of primary source materials and data, providing real and visual online digital libraries, facilitating easy search of book, creating interactive music scores or dynamically generated maps, as well as the digitalization of texts, images, and other data, as well as showing their limitation in enhancing researcher’s reasoning or intuitive insights in understanding and interpreting reality.This research uses a deconstructive method of interpretation to interrogate the works of forerunning digital humanities scholars like Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. It concludes with the view that the both quantitative and qualitative approaches are valid, but the goal of each research within each humanities discipline would determine the suitability of the digital or manual tools and approaches to be deployed.

Keywords: Academic, Research, Digital Tools, Technological, Scholars.


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