Computer Applications in the Humanities

Science  26 Apr 1985:
Vol. 228, Issue 4698, pp. 434-438
DOI: 10.1126/science.228.4698.434


The earliest and still most prevalent use of computers in the humanities is the compilation of concordances, rationalized vocabulary lists for literary works. The residue of these efforts has created the potential for extensive databases of natural-language text for a wide range of studies and for instruction. As yet, however, computer-aided instruction has focused on mechanical skills, like spelling and grammar. With rapid advances in storage (like videodisks) and in communications between computers, humanists are finding a challengingly altered environment in which to study and teach.