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Introduction to Creative Writing - Oakland Campus: Digital Tools

A guide for students in ENGWRT 0400 with Yona Harvey

Digital Scholarship Services

Located in the Digital Scholarship Commons in Hillman Library, Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) is open to students, faculty, and researchers from all disciplines for consultations and training for those involved in digital humanities projects and other data-driven scholarship. Feel free to visit or contact DSS to make an appointment. Below are a few tools that may be useful for this class.

Timeline JS

 

Timelines JS can be used to create interactive timelines. Upload photos, videos, sound, and more to accompany dates on the timeline, and add your own annotations.  

Example of a Timeline: 

Mandela: A Life of Purpose

StoryMap JS

StoryMap JS is an interactive digital tool, freely accessible to those with a Google account, that can be used to tell stories-or provide other kinds of information- sequentially connected by their locations on a map or image.  

Use the GigaPixel StoryMap feature to create stories using an image file of your choosing. Simply upload a high resolution picture of a photograph you took, an art historical image, etc. 

Use the SnapMap feature in conjunction with your geo-tagged Instagram photos to create a personal StoryMap. 

-Use to create engaging historical narratives 

-Share easily in the classroom to accompany a presentation or project

Examples of StoryMaps: 

Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights

Journey to Nowhere: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Page Credit

This page was created by Kiana Gonzalez, 2015-2016 MLIS Diversity Intern.

Voyant Tools

 

Voyant Tools is an online digital tool for analyzing and reading texts. Copy and paste in blocks of text or a url that you would like to mine. Voyant will analyze the text and give you the data it has mined by creating a word cloud and providing statistics about the words in the text.  

This tool is helpful for finding word trends and/or themes in texts, which words are not frequent, what texts blocks would be ideal to compare, etc. 

Example using a chunk of the opening scene from Shakespeare's History of Richard III (1592) (Act 1, Scene 1): 

Statistics for the word/name "Clarence" in this block of text (by clicking on the word in the word cloud):