For us, Digital Humanities is a research method for the Humanities which uses digital tools to turn traditional objects of study into data. As data we can analyze text, map historical documents, create visualizations, and then use humanities skills to analyze these results.

Getting started with DH

Explore our video tutorials on the basics of data collection and data cleaning using Excel; OpenRefine, a quick way to make common edits to a lot of Excel data at once; and RStudio, a programming language to clean and manipulate data.

We strive to use open source programs that are supported by a community of users and are typically free or low cost to use. Check out our full explanation on Network Analysis, Text Analysis, and Basic Data Visualization.

New to DH and want to start small? Check out our teaching resources and learn new methods

Resources for Grad Students

  • Watch this video to see Joey Stanley’s Brand Yourself workshop.

Take control of your online presence and get ready to hit the job market by creating a unified digital narrative.

  • Check out Joey Stanley’s blog to see his notes on the workshop.
  • Download the Brand Yourself workshop PowerPoint.

Outside Resources

Programming Historian is a directory of different lessons on R, JavaScript, Python, mapping and more. These are all tailored to the humanities.

DH Toychest – curated by Alan Liu the DH Toychest offers a list of DH tools, sample datasets for practice, tutorials, and a wealth of other information and resources.


  • Chrome has a plugin called WebScraper that makes it easier to scrape websites and to bypass any coding. Follow the instructions on the website to download the plug in and it might be good to watch the intro video on the same page. This will allow you to get a feel for the plug in and how it works. Click here to see how to use this plugin and the Cite maps.