SourceNotes is an online program to facilitate research in the humanities for scholars, students, and the general public. Developed at the University of Oklahoma and at Miami University, the platform helps researchers organize their notes from primary and secondary sources. It also, if users wish, allows them to work collaboratively, to lead group research projects with students, and to share annotations with others, either during the research process or long after it is completed.
The idea of collaborative research, teaching, and note organization initially came to two separate teams at different universities, but once these teams realized they were working towards the same goal, they joined forces in the spring of 2017 to form SourceNotes.
Raphael Folsom is a scholar of colonial Latin America, focusing on native peoples and imperial borderlands in New Spain. His first book, The Yaquis & The Empire: Violence, Spanish Imperial Power, and Native Resilience in Colonial Mexico (Yale University Press, 2014), deals with the history of one of Mexico's most famous native peoples and their negotiations with Jesuit missionaries, Spanish officials, and their indigenous neighbors in colonial Sonora. He is currently at work on two new books: Mestizo Empire, A New History of the Chichimeca War, 1540-1610, and Frontiers of Mexican History, A New History of Mexico from Earliest Times (under contract with Oxford University Press). The first of these deals with an extremely violent and consequential war on Mexico's northern frontier that, over time, led to the formation of new mixed-race political identities in New Spain and the independent Mexican Republic. The second book is a narrative of Mexican history focusing on three frontiers: the political frontiers, north and south, that Mexican governments have struggled to control; the intellectual frontiers of Mexican thinkers and scientists as they have striven to understand their country and their world; and the scholarly frontiers of today's historians as they have worked to plumb Mexicos unique and fascinating past. Professor Folsom received his doctorate from Yale University.
Andrew Offenburger is Assistant Professor of History at Miami University, earned an M.A. in African Studies (2008) and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in U.S. history (2010, 2014) from Yale University. His current manuscript, Gilded Frontiers, brings a global perspective to the history of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands between 1880 and 1920, and is under contract to be published by Yale University Press in its Lamar Series in Western History. Offenburger spent the 2014-2015 academic year as the David J. Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University's Clements Center for Southwest Studies. From 1999 to 2013, Offenburger founded, developed, and directed&em;in collaboration with an international editorial board&em;the quarterly academic journal Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, which Routledge acquired in 2007 and continues to publish in print and online.
John Stewart is the assistant director for the Office of Digital Learning at the University of Oklahoma. John is interested in using games in the classroom promoting digital literacy and opportunities for undergraduate research. Before joining the center, John lectured on history of science at the University of Oklahoma and Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Oklahoma.