Digital Humanities Research ›› 2023, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (2): 31-38.

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Reflection on the Method of Gathering of Scattered Literature in the Digital Humanity Era


  • Online:2023-08-17 Published:2023-08-17


In the era of digital humanities, the work of gathering scattered literature puts forward two requirements for scholars. First, we should continue the experience of Gathering of Scattered Writings, Bibliography and Textualcriticism, and actively connect with the latest technology in the field of digital humanities. In the preliminary preparation stage, the scope of literature should be defined in combination with the traditional experience of bibliography. At the stage of deep excavation and expansion, digital humanistic means such as GIS and Social Network Analysis should be used to assist in our work. In the stage of editing and proofreading, we should pay close attention to the objects for a long time, and repeatedly use the latest data and databases to carry out the continuation and proofreading. In the stage of counterfeit identification, we should flexibly use the traditional life textual research method and the digital textual research method. The second requirement is to use various databases and tools flexibly. For searchable databases, keywords need to be set in advance and supplemented and adjusted at any time based on the collected data. Among the existing search-type databases, the local chronicles database has the greatest potential for our work and is worth strengthening. For the image database that cannot be full-text retrieved, we can compile a thematic index or build a title database by self, so as to establish a new growth point for our work. In addition, some commonly used databases in other fields, such as CNKI and DUXIU, can sometimes provide unexpected help for our work too.

Key words: digital humanities, the study of the gathering of scattered writings, GIS; social network analysis, database

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