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The Digital Humanities: BOOKS AT USC - GUIDES & STUDIES

This guide is intended to grow and evolve as new resources and research tools relating to the Digital Humanities become available so as to support the ongoing discovery and creation of knowledge by USC faculty and students


A significant number of publications on the Digital Humanities have appeared during the past decade (2010-2020). Within the scope of this Research Guide, a very small representative selection of recent titles in our USC collections are included, below, for the following categories:

About the Digital Humanities;   Debates in the Digital Humanities;    Digital Humanities - Cultural, Religious, and Social Studies; Digital Humanities: Guides;  and  Digital Humanities -  Technology 

In addition, in view of our current limited access to our print collection, almost all titles below are available online accompanied by a short abstract relating to each book's contents.  To find additional titles for this area of research in the USC Libraries' online catalog, select: Advanced Search. and restrict your search to Catalog  then Type:

Digital Humanities and select the field: Title      OR     Digital Humanities and select the field: Subject 


Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web, by Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press; c2006. Free online version. Also available at USC Libraries (print version - Call number: Doheny Memorial Library: D16.117 .C64 2006).  Digital History provides a thorough introduction to the web for historians--teachers and students, archivists and museum curators, professors as well as amateur enthusiasts--who wish to produce online historical work or to build upon and improve the projects they have already started in this important new medium. The book takes the reader step by step through planning a project, understanding the technologies involved and how to choose the appropriate ones, designing a site that is both easy to use and scholarly, digitizing materials in a way that makes them web-friendly while preserving their historical integrity, and reaching and responding to an intended audience effectively. It also explores the repercussions of copyright law and fair use for scholars in a digital age and examines more cutting-edge web techniques involving interactivity, such as sites that use the medium to solicit and collect historical artifacts. Finally, the book provides basic guidance for ensuring that the digital history the reader creates will not disappear in a few years. Throughout, Digital History maintains a realistic sense of the advantages and disadvantages of putting historical documents, interpretations, and discussions online.


With biannual volumes on topics of pressing interest, the series, Debates in the Digital Humanities, highlights current issues in the field, and tracks the field as it continues to grow. All the books in this series, published by the  University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), are available in Manifold Project editions.  The series currently includes the following five titles (accessed October 2020), all of which can also be found in this guide's page:

Debates in the Digital Humanities 2012. Matthew K. Gold, Editor.  Also available online at USC Libraries. Debates in the Digital Humanities brings together leading figures in the field to explore its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions. From defining what a digital humanist is and determining whether the field has (or needs) theoretical grounding, to discussions of coding as scholarship and trends in data-driven research, this cutting-edge volume delineates the current state of the digital humanities and envisions potential futures and challenges. At the same time, several essays aim pointed critiques at the field for its lack of attention to race, gender, class, and sexuality; the inadequate level of diversity among its practitioners; its absence of political commitment; and its preference for research over teaching. (...)

Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, Editors.  Also available online at USC Libraries. Pairing full-length scholarly essays with shorter pieces drawn from scholarly blogs and conference presentations, as well as commissioned interviews and position statements, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 reveals a dynamic view of a field in negotiation with its identity, methods, and reach. Pieces in the book explore how DH can and must change in response to social justice movements and events like #Ferguson; how DH alters and is altered by community college classrooms; and how scholars applying DH approaches to feminist studies, queer studies, and black studies might reframe the commitments of DH analysts. Numerous contributors examine the movement of interdisciplinary DH work into areas such as history, art history, and archaeology, and a special forum on large-scale text mining brings together position statements on a fast-growing area of DH research.

Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, Editors. Also available online at USC Libraries. Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019 brings together a broad array of important, thought-provoking perspectives on the field's many sides. With a wide range of subjects including gender-based assumptions made by algorithms, the place of the digital humanities within art history, data-based methods for exhuming forgotten histories, video games, three-dimensional printing, and decolonial work, this book assembles a who's who of the field in more than thirty impactful essays. (...)

Making Things and Drawing Boundaries - Experiments in the Digital Humanities. 2017. Jentery Sayers, Editor. Also available online at USC Libraries. n Making Things and Drawing Boundaries, critical theory and cultural practice meet creativity, collaboration, and experimentation with physical materials as never before. Foregrounding the interdisciplinary character of experimental methods and hands-on research, this collection asks what it means to "make" things in the humanities. How is humanities research manifested in hand and on screen alongside the essay and monograph? And, importantly, how does experimentation with physical materials correspond with social justice and responsibility? Comprising almost forty chapters from ninety practitioners across twenty disciplines, Making Things and Drawing Boundaries speaks directly and extensively to how humanities research engages a growing interest in "maker" culture, however "making" may be defined.

Bodies of Information. 2018. Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont, Editors ( Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press). Also available online at USC Libraries. A wide-ranging, interconnected anthology presents a diversity of feminist contributions to digital humanities. In recent years, the digital humanities has been shaken by important debates about inclusivity and scope--but what change will these conversations ultimately bring about? Can the digital humanities complicate the basic assumptions of tech culture, or will this body of scholarship and practices simply reinforce preexisting biases? Bodies of Information addresses this crucial question by assembling a varied group of leading voices, showcasing feminist contributions to a panoply of topics, including ubiquitous computing, game studies, new materialisms, and cultural phenomena like hashtag activism, hacktivism, and campaigns against online misogyny. Taking intersectional feminism as the starting point for doing digital humanities, Bodies of Information is diverse in discipline, identity, location, and method.