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Lookup NU author(s): Lydia Wysocki,
Professor Mark Jackson,
Dr Jane Webster
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2020.
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Web environments can support non-specialist access to prestigious and complex scholarlyarchives. We report on the creation and evaluation of webcomics that incorporate hyperlinks,a technological innovation that makes digitised artefacts from the Gertrude Bell Archivevisible to learners. This shows readers the need to examine the evidence on whichinterpretations are based: an issue fundamental to academic researchers and archivists, butthat might otherwise be obscured in educational and entertainment media. Moving beyondthe established use of digitised archives by academic researchers, we explore wider issues ofaccess and use. Quantitative analytics suggest readers read all pages of the comic andaccessed digitised sources. Qualitative feedback and consultation with young people foundthe hyperlinked webcomics to be credible comics in their own right as well as their value assituated points of entry to archive material. Observed reader behaviour identifiedopportunities to encourage more structured exploration of the digitised archive.
Author(s): Wysocki L, Jackson M, Miers J, Webster J, Coxon B
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of Heritage Studies
Online publication date: 05/09/2019
Acceptance date: 29/08/2019
Date deposited: 17/09/2019
ISSN (print): 1352-7258
ISSN (electronic): 1470-3610
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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