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Digital Humanities Research

Provides resources for researching topics, tools, and organizations in the Digital Humanities.

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This guide has been created to help introduce digital humanities to those new to the discipline and suggest starting points for conducting research into and learning more about DH.

DH Timeline

References: 

Bush, V. (July 1945) As we may think. Atlantic Monthly. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/

Hockey, S. (2004). The history of humanities computing. In Schreibman, S., Siemens, R., & Unsworth, J. A Companion to Digital Humanities (pp. 3-19). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Jones, S. E. (2016). Roberto Busa, S.J. And the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards. New York: Routledge.

Kirschenbaum, M. (2012). What is digital humanities and what’s it doing in English departments? In M. K. Gold (Ed.) Debates in the Digital Humanities (pp. 3-11). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

What is Digital Humanities?

“We know DH in large part because it names itself, yet what it names seems increasingly malleable and at times difficult to grasp” (Klein & Gold, 2016, p. xiv).

“[U]sing information technology to illuminate the human record, and bringing an understanding of the human record to bear on the development and use of information technology” (Schreibman, Siemens, & Unsworth, 2004, p. xxii).

”Ultimately, disciplines are defined not by their methods but by the questions they ask. The development of new methods however, can often make it easier to pursue certain questions. Conscientious scholars focus on the questions, then acquire whatever tools best allow them to address those questions” (Huron, 2013, p. 9).

                “[T]he digital humanities is in principle associated with as many methods and tools as there are
               intersections between texts and technologies” (Alvarado, 2012, pp. 52-53).