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Digital Humanities

What is Digital Humanities?

Digital humanities is an emerging discipline that applies computational methods to research in the humanities. More than simply conducting research with computers, digital humanities scholars of all disciplines utilize the emerging methods facilitated by computation to conduct their analysis of the various materials.  It is a suite of resources, a community, a research methodology, a toolkit, and more.  

Check out the Bibliography on the Resources page to learn more!

The center of the image says "The Many parts of DH Research" with a pink computer with computer language on the screen with an orange magnafin glass looking at the code with two green fig leaves above it.

What's on this site?

Check out the resources and information this site has to offer:

DH Projects

Looking for inspiration? This page includes a list of digital humanities projects happening around the library and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.  


Need to find software or hardware?  Want to know what you have free access to as a member of the Illinois community?  Check out the Tools page and see what is available for your next Digital Humanities project in the Scholarly Commons.

Research Methods

Want to learn about different types of research methods used in the digital humanities? Check out our research methods page!  This page includes a list of research methods, their definitions, corresponding tools in the Scholarly Commons, and example projects using those methods.


Check out the various resources available to you, from sources of humanities data to people in the Scholarly Commons, ready to help you along the way.  This page includes a list of resources that can help you get started, finish your project, or offer advice at any point along the way.

Digital Humanities Project Workflow

Planning your research project in advance can help you keep track of your goals and organize your research. A plan will allow you to tackle the various aspects of your project methodically so that each part of your project can be completed in a timely manner. Proper planning will ensure that each part of the project will be completed in the correct order so that there will be no lag time between processes. It is also important to know what you plan to do with the data you generate. This could include plans to archive it, share it, etc.

This is an image of the work flow of a digital humanities project.

Need Help Getting Started?  

Contact Harriet Green, the English and Digital Humanities Librarian for assistance with project planning, tools, and other resources.