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Getting Started with DH

General Introduction to DH

  • For a quick introduction to the field of DH, check out Lisa Spiro’s blog “Digital Scholarship in the Humanities,” especially her tips for getting started.
  • For a more in-depth overview, take a look at The Digital Humanities Literacy Handbook
  • For an overview of current discussions happening in the Digital Humanities and the Humanities writ large, see the CUNY Manifold project and University of Minnesota Press series Debates in the Digital Humanities.

Tutorials and Tools for Beginners

  • The Programming Historian: a free introduction to DH tools, techniques, and workflow. Available at:
  • For a basic list of digital tools and their uses, check out the DH Toolbox.
  • The TAPoR 3 project also maintains multiple lists of digital tools with an explanation of their uses. Since this project focuses on text analysis, expect to find lists dedicated to research areas like web scraping, data visualization, and sentiment analysis.

Resources, Workshops, and Trainings at Vanderbilt

  • Center for DH Library: Collection of texts on digital tools, computing and humanities debates around technology and its uses. Vanderbilt DH Library HTML  and Vanderbilt DH Library in Zotero with Google Book previews
  • DH Working Groups: Our Center hosts multiple working groups on DH tools open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Check out the website’s Events section for details.
  • Digital Scholarship and Communications Office: Vanderbilt Libraries are an essential on-campus resource; check out the DiSC site for a list of their events, bootcamps, and workshops or contact the Office’s Director Andrew Wesolek at
  • THATcamp: Every year,  Vanderbilt hosts a THATCamp (“The Humanities and Technology Camp”), an un-conference organized by the Center and our campus partners. THATCamps offers scholars, students, researchers, professors, and the larger Nashville community an opportunity to learn about Digital Humanities projects and tools.
  • DH Bootcamp: An intensive two-day-long introduction to digital tools and methods offered by the Center every August.

Off-Campus Training Opportunities 

  • DHSI: DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) is an intensive training camp held in Victoria, Canada comprising two-week-long series of classes and discussion groups. Participants can attend for the full session or for a week. For more information about the Institute, funding details, and a full list of classes, please visit the DHSI website.
  •  HILT: HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) is a five-day training institute held annually at an institute for higher education here in the US. Past locations include the University of Maryland and UT Austin. Its sessions include keynote addresses, practicums, and excursions to cultural sites in the host city. HILT is open to researchers, students, and early career scholars interested in the Digital Humanities. For information on the 2020 institute, see the HILT website.
  • Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School: This week-long workshop is open to anyone with an interest in DH. It is held at Keble College Oxford and offers nine classes (you enroll in one) on skills like TEI, crowdsourced research, and linked data. A small number of fellowships are available every year (these cover registration only). To learn more, see the Summer School website.