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Digital Humanities

This guide provides an introduction to digital humanities (DH) theory and practice and an overview of DH methods, tools, and resources.

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April Urban
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What is Digital Humanities?

There is no single or universally agreed-upon definition of "digital humanities" among digital humanities practitioners and researchers. Digital humanities, or DH, can refer to objects of study, research methods, or technological tools. However, in general terms, we can usefully define DH as the intersection between computational tools and humanities questions. This can involve applying computational methods to humanities inquiry or engaging with digital technologies in humanities research and resource-sharing.

"Humanities data" is also a useful framework for the digital humanities: DH may conceive of humanities knowledge (e.g., a literary corpus, historical records, etc.) as data that can be analyzed, curated, and/or exhibited. 

No matter its exact definition or approach, DH is, by its nature, collaborative and interdisciplinary, and often provides ways to share humanities research with communities beyond the academy.

To learn more about the varied definitions of DH, see "What is Digital Humanities?" This webpage contains randomized responses from digital humanists to the question "what is digital humanities?" Each time you refresh the page, you will see a new definition.