Scalar Books

Below are some projects run on Scalar and used for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as some useful books worth assigning in your course. If you have a book that fits in either of these categories and would like it linked here, please contact me.

Textbooks and Courses

Case-Western Reserve Faculty

A book for instructors wishing to write assignments and run courses on Scalar. Includes resources for assignment design, prep, and evaluation/assessment.

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Designed for instructors. Includes assignments, syllabi, sample exercises, and readings. All under a Creative Commons license.

Vimala C. Pasupathi

Designed for students with readings, exercises, and assignments. Some work is specific to Pasupathi’s institution, but much of it can be used/adapted for specific circumstances.

Jentery Sayers

An archive of a graduate course taught and produced via Scalar. The book includes reflections and commentary added by students after the course was completed, as well as assignments. Note: this was made on Scalar 1.0,  so it’s not fully functional but still rather useful.

Erin ReillyRitesh MehtaHenry Jenkins

A companion textbook that offers readings on different kinds of literacy skills, such as reading moments, locations, and films. Uses Scalar 1.0


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The editors ask: “What would we learn about early modern broadside ballads if we made one from the ground up?” Includes critical essays and how-to videos on papermaking, woodcutting, printing, and performance, among other material and cultural contexts for early modern ballads.

Newberry Library, part of Religious Change 1450-1700 project.

A beautiful collection of resources that includes high-quality scans, PDFs, links to the Newberry catalogue, and downloadable transcriptions in JSON. The site also offers opportunities to help transcribe the collections.

Newberry Library

A reader on Shakespeare’s sources, surviving texts, and afterlife. Includes high-quality images from the Newberry’s collections.

Amardeep Singh

Collects and edits the writings of two women writers, Georgia Douglas Johnson, “Bronze” (1922) and Carrie Williams Clifford, “Race Rhymes” (1911). According to the editor, “One of the goals of this site is simply to make some of that material accessible in a readable and teachable format, with scholarly annotations and editorial commentary to give readers a guide.”

Hannah Alpert-Abrams

A study and description of methods and texts from the early print history of New Spain. Part of the Primeros Libros project. As Albert-Abrams describes: “”Archaeology of a Book” traces the long history of the Advertencias para los confessores de los Naturales, a confessional manual printed at a Franciscan convent and school in Tlatelolco, Mexico around 1601. Like many confessional manuals, the Advertencias was written to be used as a field guide for new Spanish missionaries; for this reason, it is a trilingual text written in Latin, Spanish, and the indigenous Mexican language Nahuatl.”

Media Studies, New Media, Digital Humanities

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A series of texts and reflections authored by undergraduate students at UCLA, including “the digital divide, labor, cyberfeminism, and the role of social media in contemporary activism. Together, this project foregrounds questions of accessibility and the digital divide in an approach that connects race, space, and the digital.” Includes links to the readings and original course syllabus.

Steve Anderson

A project that catalogues the history of games from the 1970s to the recent present within the context of American history and television. As Anderson states: “This study considers a broad cross-section of cinematic and televisual games, tracing their evolution from objects of fascination and technological possibility in the 1970s and 1980s to objects of derision and catalysts for antisocial behavior in the 1990s and 2000s.”

 Jesse Lerner, Trang Tran, and Holly Willis

The “first collection of critical essays to reflect on the extensive body of video-based work created across a span of 15 years by internationally recognized media artist Tran T. Kim-Trang.”

Curtis Marez, Jeffrey Shandler, Steve Anderson and Jentery Sayers

special issue of American Literature which includes essays authored directly on Scalar.


Jentery Sayers

Provides a cultural history of magnetic recording. The Scalar book itself is not available, but users may view screenshots and read the full abstract.