Digital Research Tools (DiRT) - a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use.

Programming Historian - offers novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate their research.

Data Visualization and Mapping

  • ArcGis: a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information.
  • Social Explorer: visualize data or create interactive, navigable maps to explore demographic information about the United States.
  • Gephi: open source, visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks.
  • Google My Maps: create custom maps for personal use or sharing (requires you to login with your Google account).
  • Voyant: analysis and exploration tools for digital texts.

Data Analysis

  • R: free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
  • SPSS: software used for statistical analysis.

Text Analysis

  • Voyant: analysis and exploration tools for digital texts.
  • TAPoR:  tool used for text analysis and retrieval.


  • WordPress: software for creating websites or blogs.
  • Omeka: open source, web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.
  • PBWorks: software for creating wikis.

Multimedia Production

  • Audacity: open source, audio software for multi-track recording and editing.
  • SnagIt: software for capturing images and video.
  • Jing: screen capturing software.
  • Camtasia: software for creating video tutorials.

Digital Storytelling

  • iMovie: video editing software for creating movies (MAC).
  • Movie Maker: video editing software for creating movies PC).
  • Omeka: open source content management system for online digital collections.