A Distant View of English Journal, 1912-2012

Jason Palmeri & Ben McCorkle



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This webtext was composed with the help of a variety of tools and assets. The global CSS is a modified version of Kitchen Sink CSS, a free, open-license template from W3Schools. Web design and editing was accomplished using Atom and BlueGriffon. The data visualizations included in this site were designed using D3, a JavaScript library of code used for producing graphical displays of data. Word cloud and corpus analysis tools were generated using Voyant. Much of the preliminary work in this project was accomplished using a variety of online apps included in Google's G Suite (Google Docs for drafting, Google Forms and Sheets for encoding data, Fusion Tables for preliminary data analysis and visualization). We'd like to thank the editors and reviewers of Kairos for their insightful feedback during the process. In particular, we owe a special debt of gratitude to the staff and participants in the inaugural KairosCamp, a two-week, NEH-funded summer institute promoting multimodal scholarship, for their generous help during our revisions. We'd also like to thank Eric Johnson and all the staff at Miami University's Center for Digital Scholarship for consultation about data visualization tools and strategies.