Skip to main content

The Digital Humanities: Getting Started & Looking Ahead


BOOKS - Open Access:

A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. 

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, ed. Ray Siemens, Susan Schreibman. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 

Debates in the Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold, Open access edition 2013.  (Original print edition: 2012 by the University of Minnesota Press)

Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web, by Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig,  2006.

Digital Humanities, by Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, MIT Press,  2012. 

            In this book, see in particular:  A Short Guide to the Humanities - Chapter 4:   "This final section of Digital Humanities reflects on the preceding chapters, but can also stand alone as a concise overview of the field.  As digital methodologies, tools, and skills become increasingly central to work in the humanities, questions regarding fundamentals, [project as a basic unit and], project outcomes, assessment, and design have become urgent.

           The specifications provide a set of checklists [how to evaluate digital scholarship; project-based scholarship; core competencies in processes and methods; learning outcomes for the digital humanities] to guide those who do work in the Digital humanities, as well as those who are asked to assess and fund Digital Humanities scholars, projects, and initiatives."

To search for additional open access books:

Directory of Open Access Books  [DOAB] Provides open access to over 854 Academic peer-reviewed books from 25 publishers.


Intro to Digital Humanities - Concepts, Methods and Tutorials for Students and Instructors, by Johanna Drucker, UCLA. Center for Digital Humanities 2013.     For downloadable pdf click here


Guides and Introduction to DH by Alan Liu.  

Includes: General Guides & Resources; Selected Publications Offering Orientation on the Field (online works); Getting Started with Digital Humanities; Creating and Maintaining an Online Presence; DH Project-Making; Digitization; Citing Digital Resources

BLOG Posts:

Spiro, Lisa. Getting Started in the Digital Humanities. .    Posted on October 14, 2011.   

        Re-issued in  Journal of Digital Humanities Vol. 1, No. 1 Winter 2011.



The discussion relating to the assessment of digital scholarship, and, more precisely to the digital humanities, is quite extensive and lively.   The list, below, is an extremely small representative sampling of recent guidelines for promotion and tenure in the digital humanities:

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in History. American Historical Association (2015). Downloadable PDF

Promotion & Tenure Criteria for Assessing Digital Research in the Humanities (last update: 2014).  Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  

Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media.  Modern Language Association (Revised 2012).  

Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure Committees in Judging Digital Work.  White Paper from NINES/NEH Summer Institute 2011-2012. 

Promotion and Tenure for Digital Scholarship (by Laura Mandell)  Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol.1, No. 4, Fall 2012 


        A much earlier publication:    Andersen, D. L. (2003). Digital Scholarship in the Tenure, Promotion, and Review Process (History, Humanities, and New Technology).  Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.  


Ayers, Edward (2012).  "What is 'Digital Humanities'  and Why do We Need it?"  The NITLE Summit 2012 - Keynote Address [1 hr 4 mins]

Cohen, Dan (2012). "The Community of Scholars"  The NITLE Summit 2012 - Keynote Address [1 hr 24 mins]