Digital Humanities is a multi-disciplinary field that combines traditional study in the humanities with the resources of information technology. This cross-section of scholarly work and technology creates new opportunities for research and publishing.
The terms, digital library, digital archive, digital collection, and digital/electronic scholarly editions are sometimes used interchangebly in discussing Digital Humanities. However, there are differences between the terms and not recognizing that can lead to misunderstandings.
Digital Library: A collection of digital resources.
Digital Archive: Similar to a digital library, but usually focused on a particular area.
Digital Collection: A cohesive resource that belongs to either a digital library or archive.
Digital/Electronic Scholarly Editions: A digitally published text that focuses on a specific subject and is created by one or more scholars with in-depth subject knowledge. It is the electronic equivalent to a critical edition.