July 23, 2014

New Webliography: “Digital Humanities: Where to Start”

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Here’s a new compilation of web-based resources that will be of interest to digital humanities researchers. This resource appears in the October 2012 issue of C&RL News.

“Digital Humanities: Where to Start” was written and compiled by:

Jennifer L. Adams
Graduate Library Preprofessional for Religious Studies and Humanities Services
Catholic University of America Libraries

Kevin B. Gunn
Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services
Catholic University of America Libraries

From the Webliography:

Sixty years ago, the field called “humanities computing” made its debut with the appearance of Father Roberto Busa’s Index Thomisticus, a computer-compiled concordance to the works of Thomas Aquinas. This application of technology to a task which would have taken researchers years to complete manually opened the door for a new approach to humanities research. Other disciplines would follow in the Index’s footsteps, producing similarly innovative projects such as the Perseus Digital Library. As the possibilities offered by the new technologies, and researchers’ ability to use them, expanded, humanities computing grew far beyond its humble origins. Today, “humanities computing” is often referred to as “digital humanities” (DH). DH evolved from, and expanded, this early scholarship.

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There are many useful resources available online, including general sites as well as e-publications, tools, tutorials, and organizations. We have tried to include a representative sample of those we feel are most important or could be most useful for librarians getting started in the digital humanities.

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