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Digital Humanities: About Digital Humanities

A resource guide for learning about and starting projects in the Digital Humanities

Dana Library Resources on Digital Humanities

This list emphasizes the holdings about digital humanities in the John Cotton Dana Library in Newark. Resources for other Rutgers libraries are located at the bottom of the center column of this page.

What is Digital Humanities?

There's no simple answer to the question, "What is Digital Humanities?" Practitioners often define Digital Humanities differently depending upon their own activity. Roughly defined, Digital Humanities is the practice of incorporating technology in teaching, research and the dissemination of scholarship in any of the traditional humanities disciplines. There are four main areas of activity in the Digital Humanities: Research and development for analyzing humanities data and creating new tools for that analysis, the use of technology in humanities pedagogy, theory and critical inquiry related to the ways in which technology is changing the way we understand our selves, our cultures and our societies and preservation and access of materials and scholarly works in the humanities.

For an excellent summary of the history of Digital Humanities - the discipline formerly known as Humanities Computing - read Susan Hockey's "The History of Humanities Computing" in A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

In the rest of this guide, you'll find links to help you learn more about this growing, multi-disciplinary community of practice.

A Brief Introduction to the Digital Humanities

Scott Hamiln, Director of the Research and Instruction Technology group at Wheaton College in Massachussetts, gives a brief introduction answering the question, "What is Digital Humanities?" Originally presented March 24, 2009. 3:07 minutes long.

Digital Humanities Resources in Other RU Libraries

The following resources are available in the Archibald S. Alexander Library at the New Brunswick, College Avenue campus.

Digital Humanities Librarian

Krista White
Digital Humanities Librarian

The John Cotton Dana Library
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Digital Humanities Journals

Below are a list of professional and scholarly journals published by the Digital Humanities community.