Notes from the Search Bar offers short, newsy summaries of current digital humanities research, with the goal of making DH work more visible and more accessible to a wider public. So far, most digital humanities research aggregation services are aimed at insiders; DHNow, for instance, intersperses summaries of research with job ads, explainers, and so on. Because many DH projects are not published in traditional, abstract-forward journals, it can be even more difficult than in many fields to get a sense of what DH projects are about at a glance (and projects sometimes are only available on the project’s website). Notes from the Search Bar aims to fill this gap by making digital humanities research easily digestible for student and educated lay audiences, while still offering a resource for insiders.
Elizabeth Chamberlain, Assistant Professor of English at A-State
Katherine Baker, Assistant Professor of Art History at A-State
Andrea Davis, Assistant Professor of History at A-State
Rachael Isom, Assistant Professor of English at A-State
Nathan Loewen, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at University of Alabama
Kris McAbee, Associate Professor of English at University of Arkansas Little Rock
Notes from the Search Bar features primarily student authors, some writing for the publication as part of a class and others as part of an internship. Other student authors are recruited by an Open Call for Student Contributors at all universities involved. This call will go out twice a year and contributors will be selected by the board (September and February).
Reviewers from the Editorial Board ensure that Notes maintains a consistent style, that its posts meet the style guide, and that its student authors improve their submissions over time to more tightly adhere to the requirements. Reviewers also ensure that the publication is aimed at the ideal audience, presenting results in jargon-free language wherever, whenever possible. Thus, reviewing is both a process of correcting and of educating; the goal is not just to edit but also to give clear feedback about style and substance.