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Digital Humanities - Introduction: General Resources

Introducing Digital Humanities methods, practices and support at Exeter

A selection of key resources, texts and guides for a variety of Digital Humanities approaches.
If you can't find what you are looking for, try the free training repositories below, or email the DH team.

Key Journals for Digital Humanities

Tools, Guides and Tutorials

DiRT (Digital Research Tools)

A registry of web tools for digital humanists and scholars conducting digital research. Find and compare resources on:

  • music OCR
  • statistical analysis
  • mind mapping software
  • content management systems

DH Toychest

An eclectic selection of guides, tutorials, tools and data, curated by a leading scholar in Digital Humanities, and all of which are free or have generous trial periods.


The world's largest web developer site with free tutorials and how-to guides:

  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
  • SQL & PHP
  • XML

Programming Historian

A novice-friendly, peer-reviewed, community-driven resource for research and teaching with a wide range of digital tools, techniques and workflows, including:

  • Data manipulation
  • Digital publishing
  • APIs
  • Python

Social and Ethical Dimensions in DH

Research across boundaries

Being a highly collaborative field, the Digital Humanities community pays particular attention to the ethics of cross-boundary research, and abides by the Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations, which defines responsibilities for individual partners in collaborative research, in order to ensure ethical and fair cooperation, transparency and accountability in all aspects of research.



Recent DH-related conferences have reflected particularly on efforts to increase diversity in the field, and in recognizing the importance of constructive debate to advancing our understanding of methods and practices around the digital. 


An introductory text which examines the role of the Digital Humanities across disciplines, and attempts to define the key skills needed for each area of the field.

The Digital Humanities

A comprehensive introduction and practical guide to how humanists use the digital to conduct research, organize materials, analyze, and publish findings.

Defining Digital Humanities

This reader brings together the essential readings that have emerged in Digital Humanities and provides a historical overview of how the term "Humanities Computing" developed into the term "Digital Humanities".

Understanding Digital Humanities

A more comprehensive survey of digital practice in the humanities, this book brings leading practitioners into discussions of theory and practice, looking at the motivation and thought of those working with new digital methods and concepts.

Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016

A volume of short thought-pieces and longer essays that tackle the more difficult concepts in the Digital Humanities, with current debates that often continue online and provoke extended discussion.

Legal Aspects

Digital Copyright

There are many approaches worldwide to the copyright of digital objects, and there are often grey areas where innovative new technologies are creating unimagined forms of information and representations. 

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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