Free Online Textbooks / Lessons!
How Did They Make That?
Shows samples of common types of digital humanities projects (e.g., a gallery of primary sources, a mapping project, a historical 3-D model, etc.), then explains what technical skills are needed and links to tutorials for getting started with those skills.
A DIY Digital Maps Primer
A primer on working with various free web mapping tools so you can make your own awesome maps. (New York Public Library)
The Geospatial Historian
The Geospatial Historian is a tutorial-based open access textbook, modeled on the Programming Historian, for historical scholars and digital humanists. It is designed to teach practical digital mapping and GIS skills that are immediately useful to real research needs.
The Programming Historian
The Programming Historian 2 (PH2) is a tutorial-based open access textbook designed to teach humanists practical computer programming skills that are immediately useful to real reasearch needs.
Text Capture and Optical Character Recognition 101
"This blog will introduce text capture by describing the different methods with a focus upon historical documents. I will introduce the basics of OCR and rekeying with discussion of handwriting and voice recognition." From Simon Tanner of King's College London
How to Create a Map and Timeline Mashup
Tutorial on how to use myHistro, a free multimedia timeline creation tool, to create a timeline and then display events on a map. (Free Technology for Teachers)
Python Programming for the Humanities
From Folgert Karsdorp. "The programming language Python is widely used within many scientific domains nowadays and the language is readily accessible to scholars from the Humanities. Python is an excellent choice for dealing with (linguistic as well as literary) textual data, which is so typical of the Humanities. In this book you will be thoroughly introduced to the language and be taught to program basic algorithmic procedures. The book expects no prior experience with programming, although we hope to provide some interesting insights and skills for more advanced programmers as well."
Some Key Books from the Library
Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age by
Call Number: D16.117 .R67 2011 - 4th floor
Charts the impact of new media on teaching, researching, preserving, presenting, and understanding history. Re-envisions the practices and professional rites of academic historians while analyzing and advocating for the achievements of amateur historians.
Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web by
Call Number: D16.117 .C64 2006 - 4th floor
Step-by-step introduction to digital history projects, from planning and technology selection through digitization of materials, copyright concerns, and site designs, to audience engagement. Builds upon more than a decade of experience and expertise in creating pioneering and award-winning work by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
Teaching History in the Digital Age
Call Number: D16.255 .C65 K45 2013, 4th floor
A guide for practitioners on how to fruitfully employ the transformative changes of digital media in the research, writing, and teaching of history. Synthesizes more than two decades of research in digital history, offering practical advice on how to make best use of the results of this synthesis in the classroom and new ways of thinking about pedagogy in the digital humanities.
Writing History in the Digital Age
Call Number: D16.12 .W75 2013, 4th floor
20 essays from a wide array of notable scholars, each examining (and then breaking apart and reexamining) if and how digital and emergent technologies have changed the historical profession.
History in the Digital Age
Call Number: Read Online - Or print is available: D16.9 .H565 2013, 4th floor
There is a real need for historians and students of history to seriously consider some of the conceptual and methodological challenges facing the field of historical enquiry as we enter the twenty-first century. Takes a conceptual view of how the field of history is being changed by the digital age.
History & The Internet: A Guide by
Call Number: D16.117 .R43 2002 - 4th floor
Concise guide focused on practical ways that students and teachers can utilize the growing body of library and archival catalogs, primary sources, web sites, images, and sounds to complement and enhance traditional ways of learning, teaching, and researching the human past.
Essays and Articles
AHA Council Approves "Guidelines for the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians" (Sept 2015)
Set of guidelines that departments could use to evaluate the work of scholars using digital media for research, publication, and teaching.
Essays in History and New Media, from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
An excellent list of "essays devoted to the theoretical and practical aspects of taking history into a digital format—many of them by people associated with the Center for History and New Media."
"Textual Artifacts and their Digital Representations: Teaching Graduate Students to Build Online Archives" - by Deena Engel and Marion Thane, in Digital Humanities Quarterly
From Introduction: "This article reflects on the practice of designing and implementing a course that aimed to teach graduate students in English the skills to build a scholarly online digital archive from primary source materials. A founding principle of our pedagogical practice is the integration of CS and DH methods. As a still fairly young pedagogical field, discussion and sharing on this topic might, we hope, be timely and useful to others."
New Forms of History: Critiquing Data and Its Representations - by Frederick W. Gibbs, in The American Historian, (Feb 2016)
Quote: "I want to emphasize that data criticism, which includes both critical analysis of data and its representations, is not a digital history problem; it is a history problem. And it is one that we must take seriously if we want to continue to be effective evaluators of our colleagues' work. ...A stronger discourse around visualizations can help creators in the same way that textual review and critique does now."