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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Digital Humanities

Resources, projects, and tools for Digital Humanities work

About these tools

It's all Greek to me! But using the right tools, I can see right through it.

Scan from the Archimedes Palimpsest project, which revealed two important ancient texts invisibly written in an old book

The tools listed below may be of use in digital humanities projects. A DH project could be as simple as making a site on WordPress or as complicated as writing your own software (yikes!). Either way, other people have paved the way with useful tools you can use. Don't forget to cite the tool if you publish something using it.

Exploring text and literature

Google ngram

Graph of Frankenstein (blue) vs. Dracula (red), from Google's ngram viewer

Using maps and GIS data

Paris Exposition

Map of the Paris Exposition, 1900, from the Brooklyn Museum's Flickr

(GIS = Geographic Information Systems)

Building a website

WordPress themes

WordPress websites

Visualizing data

New Yorkers' complaints

Detail from a visualization of what New Yorkers complain about the most, by Wired. See post at Flowing Data, a great data visualization blog.

Text mining (advanced)

Stopwords

Selection of stop words 

'Raw materials'

Many DH projects reuse data someone else has gathered. Below are some resources for materials you can use in your project.

Mega-lists of tools