Teaching Research Methods

It is the last class of Research Methods, a class I teach in our MA in Humanities Computing program. This year was the first time I taught the course so I had to decide what methods were important. I put together a list of methods from other sources that I think are relevant to the digital humanities, but that list got out of control. If the digital humanities are a “methods commons” then, by definition, we will have a different relationship to method. DH can’t be a discipline with a simple set of established methods – it will have to be an approach to the sharing of methods.

At the end of the class I’m going to ask students how the Day of DH is an example of a research method. We already had an interesting discussion about footnoting and whether it was a method or is a way to show methodical reading.