Research Guides

Digital Scholarship

UM Digital Humanities Resources
Departmental Courses
(Watch this space for announcements about upcoming courses focused on DH, or with DH components.)

Demystifying Digital Humanities
The Demystifying Digital Humanities workshops provide a lightweight orientation to digital humanities research. The full series of six workshops is offered each year, with three workshops per semester. More information is available in the Demystifying Digital Humanities Workshops section.

GIS Workshops
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools can be useful for any digital humanities project that has a spatial/geographical component. Abe Parrish, the UM Libraries GIS Librarian, offers regular workshops focusing on ArcGIS, one of the most powerful GIS tools available. Find out about upcoming workshops and other GIS resources at the GIS Resources guide.
DH News Sources
DHNow aggregates content from a wide range of sources, from institutions to personal websites. It's a great place to find project updates, new project announcements, as well as job opportunities. You can also sign up for a shift as Editor-at-Large, and help DHNow edit content for a week.

ProfHacker is a group blog hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, with many authors who identify as digital humanists. Column topics range from pedagogy to strategies for self-care and work/life balance.

The NEH Office of Digital Humanities is a great site to find out more about grants and funding opportunities. While the NEH funds large DH projects, it also funds occasional short-term workshops, often with travel stipends for graduate students.

JobsDH aggregates DH job postings from several sources. If you're curious about what sorts of opportunities might be available, checking out job listings and skills is an excellent first step in figuring out what you might need to learn.

If you're looking for the most current discussions in DH, whether formal or informal, then searching "digital humanities" on Twitter will show you what people are talking about right now.
Florida Digital Humanities Consortium
The Florida Digital Humanities Consortium is a collective of Florida-based institutions working together to to promote an understanding of the humanities in light of digital technologies and research.  Join the Consortium to stay informed about DH events throughout Florida, or to get involved in planning events.

Upcoming FLDH events include the 2017 HASTAC conference -- a supportive conference especially for scholars who are presenting for the first time on digital humanities-related work.
Upcoming Events
Digital Humanities & Social Justice 2018 Speaker Series and WorkshopsThursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm 
The speaker and workshop series on Digital Humanities & Social Justice explores the ethical concerns involved when creating digital projects with minority archives and digital scholarship as a site of social justice and activism. The series brings in leading scholars in digital humanities who are engaging and creating ethical, socially conscious methodologies. 
All lectures are free and open to the public. For those who cannot attend, we will be live-tweeting using #usLdh via our Twitter handle, @AppRecovery. We will also be live-streaming and recording the lectures; this video feed will be available on our Facebook page. Workshop seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Deadline: May 7, 2018 
DLF Calls for Proposals at three conferences happening this October in Las Vegas. These include: 
Subject Specialist

Cameron Riopelle

This guide was co-authored by Paige Morgan (Digital Humanities & Scholarship Librarian) and UM Libraries Digital Humanities UGrow Fellows (Hadassah St. Hubert, UM Libraries DH UGrow Fellow, Spring 2018; Ruth Trego, UM Libraries DH UGrow Fellow 2016-17).
Readings and Information for the DH Interdisciplinary Research Group
For 2018-19, the Digital Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Group is being led by Paige Morgan (University of Miami Libraries)

Upcoming IRG Meetings

Coming soon!

Past IRG Meetings

Friday, March 2, 1–2:30 p.m. 
Ashe Building, Room 427
The next meeting of the Digital Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Group will feature presentations from Diana Ter-Ghazaryan and Oliver Wallis.

Tuesday, March 27, 12:30–2 p.m. 
Merrick Building, Room 205
Workshop: Building a Digital Corpus
This workshop is presented by Gimena del Rio Riande and Susanna Alles Torrent.

Wednesday, March 28, 4 p.m.
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Conference Room
Lecture: Refounding the Digital Humanities from the South 
This lecture is presented by Gimena del Rio Riande.

Fall 2017 Meetings
DH Project Presentations: see members of the UM community present the DH projects that they are working to develop, and receive supportive feedback from other University of Miami digital humanists!
Contact Lindsay Thomas and Susanna Alles-Torrent if you're interested in presenting.

Friday, November 3rd, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Ungar 230-C/D
Friday, December 1st, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Richter Library 3rd floor conference room.

March 2017 meeting
March 3rd, 2017 -- 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Location TBA)
Reading: "Frozen Social Relations and Time for a Thaw: Visibility, Exclusions, and Considerations for Postcolonial Digital Archives" -- Martha Nell Smith

Professor Smith is exceptionally well known for her work on Emily Dickinson, scholarly editing, and the digital humanities. We are excited to announce that she will be visiting the University of Miami to give a public talk on Thursday, April 20th, at 4:30 p.m., in the Richter Library 3rd Floor Conference Room. (If you're visiting campus, parking is free after 4 p.m.).

November 2016 meeting:
Neoliberal Tools (and Archives): A Political History of Digital Humanities, by Daniel Allington, Sarah Brouillette, and David Golumbia

Beyond Resistance: Towards a Future History of Digital Humanities, by Juliana Spahr, Richard So, and Andrew Piper

For more information on the IRG, please see the Humanities Center website.
The journals listed below (in alphabetical order) all publish content related to digital scholarship, although each publication has its own focus. Some, like Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, are wide-ranging in their scope, while others, like sx archipelagos and the DH Commons Journal, have specific areas of focus. Some areas of focus are disciplinary, as is the case with the International Journal of Digital Art History; while others are methodological (Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative). Whenever possible, I have used the journals' own descriptions of their subject matter and scope. 

Though many of these journals publish traditional scholarly articles, several of them also publish (or will consider publishing) experimental and/or multimedia formats. If you are interested in publishing in an alternative format, I strongly recommend that you check the journal's submission guidelines carefully, and contact the journal's editorial board to learn more about what they can support.

All of these journals are peer-reviewed or refereed.

If you are aware of a journal that is digital humanities/digital scholarship-focused, or a journal that is making a deliberate effort to regularly publish content related to digital scholarship, please let me know.

CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics 
  • What do they publish?: Cultural Analytics is "dedicated to the computational study of culture. Its aim is to promote high quality scholarship that intervenes in contemporary debates about the study of culture using computational and quantitative methods."
  • Start of publication: 2016
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: rolling
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: maximum 9,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information

Caracteres: Estudios culturales y criticos de la esfera digital
  • What do they publish?: "El objetivo principal de la revista Caracteres es desarrollar los estudios en torno a las Humanidades Digitales mediante la publicación de trabajos originales e inéditos. La revista incluye también una sección de reseñas y otra orientada a la publicación de artículos divulgativos abierta a diferentes tipos de propuestas." / "The main objective of the journal characters is to develop studies around the Digital Humanities by publishing original and unpublished works. The magazine also includes a section of reviews and another one oriented to the publication of informative articles open to different types of proposals."
  • Start of publication: 2012
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: Maximum 35,000 characters, including footnotes and works cited. See the publication guidelines (also available in English) for more information
DH Commons Journal
  • What do they publish?: Peer reviews of existing and in-progress DH projects, and "How Did They Make That?" submissions focusing on "how to launch and/or maintain an exemplary aspect of a stable digital project."
  • Start of publication: 2015
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: annually 
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: 600-1,000 words for How Did They Make That? narratives; project narratives vary; see submission guidelines for more information
Digital Humanities Quarterly
  • What do they publish?: "Scholarly articles; editorials and provocative opinion pieces; experiments in interactive media; reviews of books, web sites, new media art installations, digital humanities systems and tools." If you are interested in publishing in an experimental or non-traditional format, please see the submission guidelines for more details what DHQ can support, and contact the editorial board in advance.
  • Start of publication: 2007
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no maximum limits; see submission guidelines for more information
Digital Literary Studies
  • What do they publish?: "Digital Literary Studies publishes scholarly articles on research concerned with computational approaches to literary analysis/criticism, or critical/literary approaches to electronic literature, digital media, and textual resources. In addition to longer, more traditionally-formed articles, this journal publishes positional papers and articles with a shorter experimental focus, as well as reviews of books and electronic literature. Contributors may also submit curated electronic texts for peer-review, as well as thoroughly-documented hermeneutical methods and tools. Any digital project with a literary focus, whether that be a digital edition, tool, or otherwise, may be considered for peer-review."
  • Start of publication: 2016
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: annually
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: varies by article type; see author guidelines for more information
​ Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (formerly the Journal of Literary and Linguistic Computing)
  • What do they publish?: Critical articles, reports on research in progress, and reviews of digital humanities monographs and anthologies.
  • Start of publication: 1986
  • Format: print & online
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Accessibility: via subscription, or membership in any of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations member organizations
  • Article length: Max: 9,000 words for full-length papers; 5,000 words for shorter articles, 3,000 words for reports of research in progress; see author guidelines for more information
Digital Studies/Le Champ Numerique
  • What do they publish?: DS/CN publishes "contributions relating to work carried out in the digital humanities, broadly construed. In its open, thematic, and conference volumes DS/CN publishes academic articles, scholarly notes, working papers, field synopses, larger reviews, and well-documented opinion pieces. DS/CN privileges publications which explicitly demonstrate an awareness of interdisciplinary context(s) and a history of pertinent academic engagement."
  • Start of publication: 2000
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: rolling release; varies by year
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no maximum limits; see submission guidelines for more information
International Journal for Digital Art History (DAH Journal)
  • What do they publish?: The DAH Journal "seeks to gather current developments in the field of Digital Art History world-wide and to foster discourse on the subject both from Art History and Information Science."
  • Start of publication: 2015
  • Format: print and online
  • Frequency: annually
  • Accessibility: open access for online; print subscriptions available
  • Article length: Maximum 6,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information
Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities (JDMDH) Journal of Digital and Media Literacy (JoDML) Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP)
  • What do they publish?: "The mission of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ISSN 2166-6245) is to promote open scholarly discourse around critical and creative uses of digital technology in teaching, learning, and research. ... The journal will also work to change what counts as scholarship—and how it is presented, disseminated, and reviewed—by allowing contributors to develop their ideas, publish their work, and engage their readers using multiple formats."
  • Start of publication: 2012
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: biannually; however, short form pieces are published on a rolling basis throughout the year
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no maximum length for article submissions; for video/multimedia pieces, suggested length is 5-10 minutes
Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD)
  • What do they publish?: "The Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD) features peer reviewed publications describing humanities data, software, and ontologies with high potential for reuse." See the journal's Call For Papers for more information.
  • Start of publication: 2015
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: continuous: papers come online as soon as they have passed peer review
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: 1,000 word limit for short metapapers; full-length articles should be 3,000-5,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information
Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative
  • What do they publish?: The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative "publishes the proceedings of the annual TEI Conference and Members' Meeting and special thematic issues: state-of-the-art reports on electronic textual editing, current trends in TEI encoding, and new use cases for TEI. It furthermore provides a forum for articles on the discussion of the interface between the TEI and other communities, and more generally of the role of technological standards in the digital humanities, including digital scholarly editing, linguistic analysis, corpora creation, and newer areas such as mass digitization, semantic web research, and editing within virtual worlds."
  • Start of publication: 2010
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: at least once a year
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: 5,000-7,000 words for full-length research articles; 2,000-4,000 words for shorter "articles reflecting poster session or lightning presentations, or new tools or services." See author guidelines for more information.
  • What do they publish?: Kairos publishes ""webtexts," which are texts authored specifically for publication on the World Wide Web. Webtexts are scholarly examinations of topics related to technology in English Studies fields (e.g., rhetoric, composition, technical and professional communication, education, creative writing, language and literature) and related fields such as media studies, informatics, arts technology, and others. Besides scholarly webtexts, Kairos publishes teaching-with-technology narratives, reviews of print and digital media, extended interviews with leading scholars, interactive exchanges, "letters" to the editors, and news and announcements of interest." About Kairos
  • Start of publication: 1996
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: biannually in January and August, with special issues in May
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: varies; see submission guidelines for more information
Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments
  • What do they publish?: Prompt publishes academic writing assignments for undergraduates and graduate students, accompanied by reflective essays discussing the assignment.
  • Start of publication: 2017
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: (undetermined -- this is a very new peer reviewed journal)
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: Assignment + a reflective essay of 1,500-2,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information
sx archipelagos
  • What do they publish?: sx archipelagos is "devoted to creative exploration, debate, and critical thinking about and through digital practices in contemporary scholarly and artistic work in and on the Caribbean. Given the wide implications of the “digital turn” for our very conceptions of knowledge, our mission is to discern the ways in which the digital may enhance and transform our comprehension of the regional and diasporic Caribbean. sx archipelagos responds to this challenge with three distinct dimensions of critical production: scholarly essays; digital scholarship projects; and digital project reviews."
  • Start of publication: 2016
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: still being established
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no set length, see author guidelines for more information

DH work can be more successful when you’re not working on your own. Here are some of the ways that we can collaborate, whether you’re developing ideas, specific plans, or are at any stage of a project.


Pedagogical Support

Please note:

  • In most cases, classroom activities and sessions require at least two weeks’ notice. The sooner you contact me, the more likely I will be able to accommodate your request.
  • When I am introducing your class to a new skill, activity, or website, your presence during the session is essential.

Guest Lecture/Discussion: I am happy to work with your students during a single course session to introduce a single topic or website. Potential subjects include:

  • An introduction to DH activity in relation to your course’s focus
  • Using one of the library’s DH-oriented databases, such as Gale’s Artemis or ECCO
  • Finding DH data sources in the wild
  • Exploring a single digital humanities project
  • Following fair-use guidelines in digital research

Short Assignment/Activity: In two course sessions (usually no more than one week apart), I can provide a focused intro to DH, and get your students started working with one of a few entry-level DH tools for a short assignment that you and I create and/or customize according to your course’s needs. In the second course session, students will present their findings, and I will facilitate discussion of the process and outcomes of their work.

Potential tools: Google Fusion Tables, Voyant, AntConc, Palladio


Final Project/Activity:  I will work with you to design or adapt an assignment sequence (including scaffolding) to incorporate a particular digital tool or method, and train your students to use it, including coverage of copyright/fair-use guidelines). Depending on the tool and the specific project that we develop, and materials involved, this activity will require three or four 50-minute class sessions for training and in-class work time to insure that students are confident enough with the tool to be successful in their assignment (I am happy to be available for 1-1/small group troubleshooting appointments outside of class).

Potential tools: Omeka, Scalar, ArcGIS


Assignment Development/Feedback: I am happy to work with you to create or adapt a particular assignment around a tool, topic, or dataset for your course; or just to look over an assignment that you’ve created and provide quick feedback.


Rubric Development/Feedback: If you’re introducing your students to using digital technology in their research, one of the most important components can be providing clear expectations for an assignment. I am happy to work with you to develop a detailed rubric for evaluating student assignments; or to provide quick feedback on a rubric that you’ve developed.


Research Support


(These are a few of the services that I can provide, but if you’re looking for a type of support that’s not listed, please ask me about it.)


Thinking About Possible Projects: If you have an idea for a research project, even if it’s not fully formed, I’m happy to chat informally about it, with the goal of fleshing out what it might look like. Your starting point might be “I want to organize my data into a database for my own use” or “I want to work with [topic/material/data], but I’m not sure where to start.”


Finding and/or Creating Data: Getting machine-readable data suitable for your research can be tricky. Sometimes the data is available on the web, if you know where to look; but sometimes your work will include creating or cleaning the data. I am happy to help you search for pre-existing data, and I can also help you plan and prepare to digitize printed texts, take high-res photos for digitization, or begin creating a controlled vocabulary for structured data.


Prototype Development: Creating a small prototype of a project can be a great way to start answering your research question -- as well as learning more about what kind of work it will take to expand your project, and developing more facility with particular tools. I am happy to help you develop a plan for your prototype (including choosing a tool to build it with), get you started, and help you troubleshoot as you go. Optional: if you’d like to talk to a supportive audience about your experience, I’m happy to work to set that up.


Planning and Applying for Grants: If you are interested in finding funding for your project, I can help you identify potential grants (whether microgrants or major grants), and work towards a complete application, I am happy to help you prepare, whether by talking through your application, providing advanced feedback, or helping you make sense of feedback from readers.

Tools for Digital Pedagogy
1.) Prism
A free, easy-to-use, intuitive tool for anyone whose instruction involves reading or writing, Prism allows students to take notes on texts in a platform that their teacher can see and within categories on which their teacher wants them to focus. Teachers can, in turn, use that data to direct class time based on student needs, or for many other pedagogical purposes, with a little bit of imagination.
Story Maps
A segment of the larger program ArcGIS, Story Maps is a platform that allows students to create multimedia projects that tell a story through the use of a geographic information system. Fairly simple to use for technological novices, but with opportunities for technically adept teachers and students to use their skills, Story Maps is ideal for projects that seek to foreground spatial content and themes.
Omeka is an open source website-building tool that’s perfect for curating and exhibiting cultural objects. Probably best suited for collaborative work and for teachers with some degree of technological bravery, Omeka projects can result in products that look both professional and scholarly.
AntConc and Voyant
These tools are both useful for beginners at text mining who want to use computers to find patterns and trends in texts. Of the two, Voyant is a bit simpler and easier to use, while AntConc yields somewhat more sophisticated data.
Timeline JS and TimeMapper
Both of these tools allow teachers and students to make visually attractive, multimedia timelines. The difference between them is that timeline.js lets users embed a wide range of media, including everything from images to videos to sound clips to google maps to wikipedia pages, while TimeMapper is more specifically interested in combining the concepts of time and space.

For information about tutorials for some of these tools, check the Tools and Tutorials section of this research guide. 

Additional Digital Pedagogy Resources


Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

Part of MLA Commons; General Editors: Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, Jentery Sayers


This resource offers 60 deliberately innovative, current keywords for humanities classrooms (such as “labor,” “hashtag,” “failure,” and “code”) and presents 10 artifacts for each keyword. The artifacts include sample syllabi, prompts, exercises, and lesson plans, and include source URLs so users can replicate and modify them.

The Pedagogy Project

Hosted by HASTAC; Main Editor: Fiona Barnett


This resource shares Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities’ focus on specific tools and transparency about how to use those tools in the classroom, but is roughly arranged around types of projects rather than keywords. It is ideal for teachers looking for specific digital pedagogy tips along with rationales for using such methods.

Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

Senior Editor and Publisher: Douglas Eyman


This born-digital journal specializes in articles that make use of web-specific formats for a fresh take on peer-reviewed academic scholarship. Readers will encounter both theoretical articles on new media and practical articles on digital pedagogy, but the intentionally web-based formats of all articles reimagines the way professional scholarship can be presented.

Learning Through Digital Media

Edited by R. Trebor Scholz


Most of the short essays in this collection offer a discursive overview of how an educator might interact with a particular digital tool in the classroom. This resource focuses more on providing reflections about how profitable educators thought the use of a particular tool was in their classrooms than on step-by-step directions or links to source materials.


Hybrid Pedagogy
Division of the Digital Pedagogy Lab; Directors: Jesse Stommel, Sean Michael Morris

In their own words, the editorial team at Hybrid Pedagogy strives to create a journal that “combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and new media in education” and “avoids valorizing educational technology, but seeks to interrogate and investigate technological tools to determine their most progressive applications.” Articles are peer-reviewed, but have the interface, length, and - sometimes - personalness/informality of more blog post-style writing, and are ideal for those looking to become more well-versed in digital pedagogy theory.
How to Search the Internet
Searching the internet is a basic activity many of us do every day, and therefore thinking about what practices we can employ to improve our searches, as well as critically about how we are searching, can make us better researchers, in an academic, professional and simply personal sense. 


Google has become the default search engine of choice for millions of people around the world. It indexes billions of publicly available websites and therefore represents a reasonably comprehensive search of nearly everything posted to the internet. However, this makes it difficult to sort through. 

Advanced search: Advanced search allows you to specify whether you want. Many of these functions can be performed within the default google search by the following notations, but this makes it easier if searching in this way is new to you. 
-To search for an exact phrase, put it in quotation marks. That way, google will only give results where those words are next to one another, rather than results which may use one or more of them
-To search for words similar to your keyword, use ~. For example, searching "~America", gives results which include the words "America's, Americans, American". 
-To exclude a word from your search, put a - in front of it. For example, searching for "Britain -Brexit" will result in no searches which include the word "Brexit".
-To specify a time range, click on 'Tools' (this will only show up once you've entered a search term), and then you can specify the past hour, past 24 hours, past week, or a custom date range. 

Google Dataset Search: This allows you to just search for datasets - it is in beta, so do not rely on it being fully comprehensive. 
Google Image Search: This allows you to search for images that match your keywords. Note that images are subject to copyright, and must be cited just like articles you quote or reference. Sometimes finding the original source of an image can be difficult --searching by URL can make this easier. In the search bar on the google image site, there is a camera icon. Clicking on that allows you to enter the URL of the image, and then search for all cases of the same image. You will then have to use your own discretion to work out which is the original source for the image (it will never be pinterest), whether an institution, such as a library or museum, a website like Wikipedia, or an individual's art or photography site. In each case, check the copyright on each of the website to see if you can use the image. 
Google Scholar: Google Scholar searches academic databases for scholarly, peer reviewed articles. Once it's found them, you may need to sign in via the University of Miami library in order to access them. You can also set up alerts for keywords, so articles with your keywords are sent to your inbox daily. 

Specifying by file type: With Google, you can specify filetype and keyword. For example, by typing "filetype:csv Oscars", your search results will be csv files which have the word 'Oscars'.

Specifying by site: You can use Google to search a specific website. For example, by typing " NFL", your search results will all be webpages from the British newssite The Guardian which contain the letters 'NFL'. 


Twitter is a microblogging site that has boomed from its creation in 2007, becoming a platform for news sharing, news creation and discussion. As such, it has a wealth of information, including an active community of digital scholars sharing resources and difficulties. The easiest way to search twitter is through the advanced search function

With advanced search, you can specify key words (same search rules apply as with google), hashtags, twitter accounts, periods of time, language and geography. Once you make the search, it defaults to sorting by the 'top' results, but you can organize to 'latest'.

When looking through twitter, make sure that you treat the information as critically as you would if you read it in a published book. This is particularly true as people can easily pretend to be someone else or create fictional profiles while purporting them to be real. If the individual is a public figure, Twitter can 'verify' them with a blue tick next to their name in their profile. If they state they are an academic, are they on a university faculty page? Can you find their publications? Are they interacting with other individuals? 
Using Data
Definitions for Using Data:

Data: Information, of any kind. This could be coherent or could be mixed with other, different sorts of information.
Dataset: Implies that the data within it is meant to be cohesive.

Structured Data: Data that has been organized so that software can process it (e.g., according to queries).
Data Model: A diagram of the way that different parts of your data are connected with each other.

Controlled Vocabulary: An organized arrangement of words and phrases used to index content and/or to retrieve content through browsing or searching.
Interpretative Layer: A classification system that groups items together to make them more easily discoverable (e.g., music genre, types of food, job titles).

What to Look For: 

Consistency in categories: Categories using a controlled vocabulary, which makes each category distinct.
Explanations of methodology and provenance: A ReadMe or notes about how this data was accessed, where from, and what has been done with that data.
Format: CSV, XLS/XLSX, XML, TXT are all potential formats for data.

Where to Find Data:

Creative Commons Beta Search: Aims at making all digital material, including datasets, available under creative commons licences (i.e information you can freely use with attribution) available.
Dataverse: Contains a map with various depositories which contain datasets. Unfotunatley, you cannot search through all the repositories but have to click on each one specifically to search through it.
Figshare: Open access respository for academics of all disciplines.
Google Dataset Search: Google now lets you search for datasets specifically.
Google Scholar: Google Scholar searches academic databases. You can also set up alerts, so that whenever datasets or articles with your keywords are published, they are sent to your inbox.
Google Search: With Google, you can specify filetype by typing "filetype:csv" (or xls or xlsx as applicable).
Harvard Dataverse: This is an the Harvard Repository of the open source data collection site Dataverse. The Digital Scholarship journal Cultural Analytics requires its authors to make their datasets freely available on Harvard Dataverse. 
Kaggle: Kaggle is aimed at the data scientist communuity, containing data, datasets and code.
MLA CORE: An open access repository for humanities work. It contains articles, monographs, conference papers as well as datasets.
Twitter: With or without a twitter account, searching ' keyword+"dataset" ' could help you find data. Potentially add "+available", to ensure the data is free to use.

Questions to Consider When Creating A Dataset:

What is the root source (or sources) of the data you are working with?
Who are you creating this data for?
What are you attempting to represent?
What questions can you ask with this data? What questions can't you ask?

This is an abbreviated version of a presentation by Paige Morgan, the University of Miami Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Publishing Officer. For the full presentation, click here.

Feminism and Digital Scholarship
Tools and Tutorials
These tutorials represent a useful introduction to a few digital tools that could enable your research or pedagogy in productive ways, not possible through traditional scholarship. All tutorials assume little to no prior knowledge of programming. When using a particular tool, always consider what questions you hope this tool will enable you to answer.

Bear in mind that tools get updated, servers get taken offline, or even some tutorials work better for some than others. If a link is broken or you are having difficulty with a tutorial here, then google around to find one that suits you, your learning style and potentially your discipline. For more information on how to google, look at the How To Search the Internet tab LINK.  

Antconc: Antconc is a text mining tool, especially useful when wanting to examine a large text or set of texts. This tutorial by Heather Froehlich is a useful introduction to downloading and using Antconc. It is also available in Spanish. Note: This is for an older version of Antconc, therefore while the majority of the tutorial works fine, don't worry if the occasional step or image does not match what's on your screen.

Open Refine: Open Refine is a tool for tidying and organizing data prior to using it. This tutorial by Miriam Posner discusses how to download OpenRefine as well as its different uses and abilities. 

R: R is a programming language often used by digital scholars to compile and study datasets. This tutorial  by Taylor Arnold and Laura Tilton provides an introduction to using R to analyze text documents and make visualizations and draw conclusions about your texts that would either be impossible or too time consuming through traditional scholarship. 

Python: Python is another programming language. This tutorial by Jean Mark Gawron provides an introduction, specifically targeted at new programmers in the social sciences but it can be easily adapted to your own discipline. 

Voyant Tools: Voyant is a web-based application tool, allowing you to upload your own corpus of texts and then create various visualizations. The website has the works of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen pre-installed as default corpuses, so exploring these should help you work out whether this would be useful for your own research. 

Other Resources:

Programming Historian: The Programming Historian contains many tutorials, designed for novice programmers from the Humanities. 
American Historical Association Digital History Resources: This is a list of resources about Digital History compiled by the American Historical Association, however many of them serve as useful introductions to digital tools irrespective of your discipline. 
The Grammar Lab: The Grammar Lab is the blog of David Brown, a linguistics professor in Washington D.C. This website collects resources he uses for teaching academic writing and digital humanities in his classroom. 

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