A Scholarly Web Browser as a Gateway into the Digital Humanities


ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships


History and Art History


The web browser is the digital tool scholars use the most, yet this software remains for the most part a passive window into primary and secondary sources on the Internet. This project enhances the popular, open-source Firefox browser with critical tools for the humanist, including advanced methods for extracting, annotating, searching, and determining personal collections assembled from digital archives and other resources on the Web. This project also shows the utility of these tools and new digital research methods drawn from computer science by gathering thousands of letters written by Victorian scientists, and then analyzing language patterns within this body of correspondence to reassess the character of the scientific method and scientific disputes in the nineteenth century.