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Digital Humanities Reference Questions w/ a real live librarian.

I posed my Digital Humanities reference questions to Harriett Green, a Literature and Languages librarian at the University of Illinois.

  • Where have librarians placed themselves in the field of Digital Humanities?
  • What kind of Help guides and Tutorials are available through libraries?
  • What kind of resources do libraries have online with regard to text files/ program tutorials?

As any good librarian would do she mentioned that my questions seemed rather broad and we might want to narrow them down, but she offered me a list of resources and places to begin my search.



“MONK is a digital environment designed to help humanities scholars discover and analyze patterns in the texts they study.”

Monk teams: University of Alberta; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland McMaster University; National Center for Supercomputing Applications; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Northwestern University

MONK Tutorials

Collections in MONK:

Collection Works Authors Words availability
DocSouth 113 68 8.6 million public
Early American Fiction 111 16 5.2 million public
EEBO 691 281 39.4 million restricted until after 2015
ECCO 1077 196 34.2 million restricted until after 2015
19th century fiction 250 102 39.4 million restricted
Shakespeare 42 1 0.9 million public
Wright American Fiction 1850-75 301 159 23.5 million public
Total 2585 806 151.5 million


“Voyeur is a web-based text analysis environment. It is designed to be user-friendlyflexible and powerful. Voyeur is part of the, a collaborative project to develop and theorize text analysis tools and text analysis rhetoric. This section of the web site provides information and documentation for users and developers of Voyeur.”

Background & Devlopers



“TAPoR is a gateway to tools for sophisticated analysis and retrieval, along with representative texts for experimentation.”

TAPOR Teams: University of Montreal, University of Alberta, University of New Brunswick, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, McMaster University

TAPOR Tutorials


“MALLET is a Java-based package for statistical natural language processing, document classification, clustering, topic modeling, information extraction, and other machine learning applications to text.”

MALLET TEAM: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Pennsylvania

MALLOT Tutorials

DH Centers and institutions:

(All of these DH centers have Digital Humanities Project lists. Resources and Services have a variety of meanings at these DH centers, referring both to open source material and closed institution specific services.)

Brown University: Center for Digital Scholarship

Projects: Readings: The readings are a bibliography of published DH material.

George Mason University: Center for History and New Media

There is a bibliography of tools an projects on their home page.

Columbia University: Center for Digital Research and Scholarship

Projects: Resources: The resources consist of a list of pdfs, that are tool specific handouts and guides.

Indiana Bloomington University: Indiana University Digital Library Program

Projects: Development: synonymous with Projects : Services: A list of some open tutorials, and some institutional services.

University of Maryland: MITH

Projects: DH Culture: The DH Culture is a bibliography of published DH material.

New York University: NYU Digital Library Technology Services


Stanford University: Stanford Literary Lab

ProjectsPamphlets: The Pamphlets are a a bibliography of published DH material.

University of Virginia: Scholars’ Lab ( alternatively:

Projects:  Resources: Resources refers to an index of geospatial, statistical, text, and image resources : Tutorials

UCLA Library Guide:

Near the end of our conversation my librarian informed me that the American Research Libraries had just published the SPEC Kit 326, from November 2011, Regarding Digital Humanities.  This list of resources is not a formalized complete list of Digital Humanities sources, it is the result of a conversation. All of these tools, centers, and resources represent the wide range of  Digital Humanities stuff in existence. The tools I listed have an amazing amount of reference material related to their use. The institutions all have interesting resources, and a wide range of digital collections. As a librarian in training the terminology used across these institutions is anything but consistent. It is an indexing nightmare.

What is a DH resource or a DH service?

Every definition is specific to the institution supporting a specific DH endeavor. I would like to personally commend the following institutions (from this list) for having, what I would consider, excellent technical Information Literacy resources. The University of Virginia with the Praxis Program, offering the command line boot camp, and intro to programming. Indiana University Digital Library for their Interface Design & Usability Services and Metadata Services. The other half of my Information Literacy definition is bibliography, which is best represented at Brown UniversityUniversity of Maryland, and the Stanford Literary Lab.


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