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Digital Humanities @ Duke University Libraries

DH Tools

There are many digital tools available for use in the digital humanities, some made specifically for dh and others that can be re-purposed quite effectively for Humanities research. The following lists show a complex variety of tools. Consult with a librarian or with staff at a support center to identify the best tools needed for your project:

Support Centers

At Duke University

  • Digital Humanities Initiative at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute: organizes events and communities interested in the digital humanities, broadly conceived across the disciplines and in dialog with media studies, technology and ethics, information studies, and related topics. FHI hosts the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, the NCCU-Duke Digital Humanities Fellows program, and organize events and opportunities around campus. We also co-sponsor the interdisciplinary PhD program in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures, and coordinate with the Libraries, interdisciplinary labs, and other programs on joint programming. 
  • Duke University Digital Humanities Initiative: promotes new ways to engage in and learn about the use of technology in humanities scholarship. Their expanded idea of “digital humanities” includes digital transformations of scholarly practice and dissemination within the humanities, opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative teaching made possible by digital tools and methods, creative and experimental uses of technology for scholarly communications, and critical study of computational media and digital culture globally.
  • Innovation Co-Lab: s a creativity incubator, focused on exploring how new and emerging technologies can fundamentally reshape the research, academic, and service missions of the university. Working with our innovation-minded colleagues around campus, we're building a model program that will elevate and inspire members of the Duke Community who are solving problems, big and small, through our ever-changing technological environment. 

At Duke University Libraries

  • Data and Visualization Sciences provides consulting services and instruction that support data-driven research. Our team of consultants and interns offers support in data sources, data management, data visualization, geographic information systems, financial data, and statistical software.
  • Scholarworks. Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Services: collaborates with researchers in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, at any level of study, to plan and build digital research projects. We supply consultation on technical matters, project management, and best practices for a wide range of technologically-engaged research. We also encourage learning and experimentation in digital scholarship through exploratory projects, programs of hands-on instruction, graduate student internships, and resources and programming in The Edge / Murthy Digital Studio.
  • Library Subject Specialists: Find the subject specialist for your department or your (inter) disciplinary area. DH projects often have a collection development or language expertise facet. If you start with your subject specialist, they will connect you to other librsry staff and resources.


Jump into DH

How do you get started with Digital Humanities? Where do you go for training or mentoring, for example? What does training entail? Do you need to code? Should you plan a digital humanities project of your own, or join an established one? How do you know whether a project “counts” as digital humanities at all?  Liz Milewicz and Will Shaw, librarians at ScholarWorks: A Center for Scholarly Publishing address these questions in library workshops and Duke Graduate School events. The blog about one such event: Introducing the Digital Humanities to Graduate Students, serves as a good opportunity to get to know DH at Duke University.


Many departments with active digital projects offer workshops. Check the websites of the following units to identify workshops of interest.:

Another source of information is the Duke Events Calendar, filter events by TYPE; Workshop, and by TOPIC of interest: