Online digital humanities readings, tools, and tutorials


1. Debates in the Digital Humanities, Volumes 1 & 2 provide an overview of critical topics in the digital humanities, including those pertaining to race, gender, labor, and accessibility.

2. Digital Humanities Quarterly is an “open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.”

3. Published in 2004, A Companion to Digital Humanities, is one of the first volumes to explore practices and theories within the digital humanities.

4. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy “promotes open scholarly discourse around critical and creative uses of digital technology in teaching, learning, and research.”

5. HASTAC Pedagogy Project has more than 80 digital or collaborative student projects submitted by instructors.

6. The Journal of Cultural Analytics is a “is a new open-access journal dedicated to the computational study of culture.”

7. The DHCommons Journal aims to “make visible the important, developmental work that often goes unseen in the midst of a DH project and to help DH scholars claim departmental, disciplinary, and institutional credit for that labor.”

8. Kairos “is a refereed open-access online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy.”

9. Digital Literary Studies is a “is an international peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication with a focus on those aspects of Digital Humanities primarily concerned with literary studies.”

10. Communication professor Stefan Tanaka’s chapter “Pasts in a Digital Age” explores the way digital media are altering the practice of history.–writing-history-in-the-digital-age?g=dculture;rgn=div1;view=fulltext;xc=1#4.2

11. George H. Williams argues for accessibility in DH work in his article “Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities.”

12. The Los Angeles Review of Books produced a series of engaging interviews with digital humanities practitioners.


1. The Programming Historian offers an extensive set of free tutorials for humanities scholars looking to improve their technical skills. Learn digital methods for exhibitions, text analysis, mapping, web scraping, and more!

2. Code Academy offers free, interactive online tutorials for everything from HTML and CSS to Ruby and Python.

3. HASTAC Scholars Sarah Evans and Richard Snyder lead this video tutorial on using Twine, a digital storytelling tool, for teaching for reaching.

4. Ted Underwood’s “Where to Start With Text Mining” is a great short introduction the computational analysis of text.


1. KNIT is UC San Diego’s digital commons, which provides website creation and digital communication tools to campus members.

2. Voyant Tools “is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.”

— Check out, a companion piece for Voyant Tools> that guides humanities scholars in computer-assisted interpretation.

3. “is a web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions.”

3. The DiRT Directory “is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use.”

4. RawGraphs is a powerful web browser tool for turning spreadsheet data into a range of data visualizations without needing to know any code.

5. Scalar, “is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.”

6. Esri Story Maps Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.”

7. Historypin “is a place for people to share photos and stories,
telling the histories of their local communities.”

8. The Google Public Data Explorer “makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate.”

9. SUAVE is an online tool developed at UC San Diego for visualizing and analyzing survey data, visual collections, and more.