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Digital Humanities Research

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

Learn about Tools

The UVA Library offers many workshops related to Digital Humanities Tools. Find a full listing of upcoming events and workshops on the UVA Library Public Events Calendar. Examples of tools taught in upcoming workshops include:

  • R/R Studio: Introduction, Data Wrangling, Data Visualization
  • Python: Introduction, Using APIs, Web Scraping
  • Git/GitHub: Introduction 
  • Tableau: Data Visualization
  • GIS Workshops 

Finding the Right Tool

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Use TAPoR to find research tools for studying texts. It terms itself a 
"gateway to the tools used in sophisticated text analysis and retrieval." According to the site, with TAPoR you can:

  • Discover text manipulation, analysis, and visualization tools
  • Discover historic tools
  • Read tool reviews and recommendations
  • Learn about papers, articles and other sources about specific tools
  • Tag, comment, rate, and review collaboratively
  • Browse lists of related tools in order to discover tools more easily

DH Toychest: Digital Humanities Resources for Project Building, curated by Alan Liu, is another option for finding tools as well as data collections and datasets. Some sections have not been updated recently - check the last date of update and be aware that some information may be outdated or superseded at this point. 

TERESAH stands for Tools E-Registry for E-Social science, Arts and Humanities. This tools registry from countries in Europe  "aims to provide an authoritative listing of the software currently in use in those domains [social sciences, arts and humanities], and to allow their users to make transparent the methods and applications behind them. 


Not sure which tool to choose or method to apply?  You might try asking the folks at the UVA Scholars' Lab for a recommendation. Other venues for help can be found under the DH Organizations & Conferences tab to the left.  

Example Tools

 HathiTrust Research Center Analytics provides web-based tools for text analysis as well as datasets for analysis.

hypothesis logoHypothesis allows users to annotate websites using a Chrome extension or bookmarklet. 


Knight Lab logo   Northwestern University's Knight Lab has created several easy-to-use storytelling tools that might be of interest, including: Timeline JS (which I used for the timeline on the homepage), StoryMap JS, Storyline JS, Soundcite JS, Juxtapose JS and Scene VR. 


Omeka logo     Omeka provides open-source web publishing platforms fro sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits. 


Open Refine logo    Open Refine is a free, open source, powerful tool for working with messy data. 


Neatline logo    Created and supported by the UVA Scholars' Lab, Neatline is a suite of add-on tools for Omeka that allows for interactive spatial and temporal interpretation. 


    Tableau is a tool for data visualizations. Classes for learning more about using Tableau are offered by UVA Libraries. 


Twine logo      Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. 


 Voyant Tools is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.