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Planning a Digital Scholarship Project

A library guide to guide you through project planning for digital scholarship.

Consider the hallmarks of digital scholarship

Consider the critical elements and methodological principles that qualify a scholarly work as digital scholarship. As you envision your project, aim for it to embody these characteristics or, at least, some of them. 

Digital scholarship ... 

  • advances a scholarly argument
  • has a pedagogical aim
  • offers interpretation
  • is collaborative
  • is interdisciplinary
  • is (ideally) open access
  • is reusable (downloadable, manipulable, transformable, query-able, or similar)

A Key Question to Ask: 

  • Can this work be done in print? If not, how can digital methods, tools, or a project enhance your scholarship?


Before you focus on a given tool or methodology, which can often limit the possibilities of your project, spend time with the research question itself. Digital Scholarship is about engaging critically with the intersections between technology and how we act, think, and learn. It is not about the tools. 

  • What new knowledge do you wish to construct? 
  • How would you like to communicate it with others?
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