Digital Humanities

Digital humanities is a broad term that encompasses multiple disciplines within the humanities, including history, art history, African and African American studies, women and gender studies, English language and literature, writing and rhetoric, and more. At the most basic level, digital humanities simply refers to the use of digital tools and methods to further scholarship. At its more complex, digital humanities involves re-imagining the way we approach sources and data, research, narrative, and the publication and interpretation of scholarship.

DiSC and GMU University Libraries support digital humanities research and scholarship in a variety of ways:

  • access to and support for digital humanities tools such as Voyant, Google Ngram Viewer, StoryMapJS, TimelineJSPalladio, and Gephi
  • support for Omeka S and Omeka Classic users
  • workshops and tutorials on digital humanities platforms, software, and skills, including how to legally and ethically text data mine
  • access to content from selected full text primary source databases in a form that can be data mined
  • access to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software such as ABBYY FineReader
  • access to flatbed and document scanners, and to a document camera

Resources for the Digital Humanities:

Data Visualization

Digital Humanities

Learn R

Network Analysis

Omeka Classic

Software for Digital Scholarship

Text & Data Mining Sources

Text Analysis Tools


Working with Data

Local Digital Humanities Projects:

Anthologies of African American Writing
Alok Yadav, GMU Department of English

Appalachian Trail Histories
Mills Kelly and his students, GMU Department of History and Art History

Elizabeth Fairfax Cookbook
GMU University Libraries’ Arts & Humanities Team 
Launching soon, this project will include an Omeka site with recipe transcriptions and images, background context, and data visualizations.

Digital Humanities at GMU:

Graduate certificate in digital public humanities

Undergraduate minor in digital humanities

Digital humanities-based coursed offerings

Roy Rosenweig Center for History and New Media


Alyssa Fahringer, Digital Scholarship Consultant