What We Do

UCF’s Center for Humanities and Digital Research (CHDR) is a collaborative research hub in the College of Arts and Humanities connecting faculty researchers and graduate research associates with community partners and grant-making institutions through project planning, technical expertise, grant writing, and ultimately dissemination in conjunction with the scholarly and literary journals also housed in the college. The intellectual and technical resources of CAH come to bear in CHDR, where groundbreaking interdisciplinary digital research is fostered and shared through the academy and the surrounding communities of Central Florida and beyond.

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For UCF faculty and staff, we offer technical knowhow and access to digital archival tools to take your humanities project into the digital realm with ease.

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We offer UCF graduate and undergraduate students internships so they can hone their research skills with hands-on experience.

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In addition to collaborations with the local community, we share work regularly through our talk series and workshops.

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UCF Researchers Launch Johnson's Dictionary Online

UCF researchers, led by Associate Professor of English Beth Rapp Young, have launched a new digital version of Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language. Made available to the public April 15, which is the 266th anniversary of the first edition’s publication, this digital tool empowers readers to search the dictionary’s more than 43,000 words online for the first time. This project is the result of years of labor and a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The dictionary is accessible now at https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com, with updates to search functionality, user accounts, and further editions coming on a rolling basis.

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Featured Project

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary Online

This project will create an online edition of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (including both 1st [1755] and 4th [1773] folio print editions) with functionality comparable to other modern, scholarly dictionaries. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Johnson’s Dictionary was the most comprehensive and influential English-language dictionary in the world. Although attempts have been made to digitize the Dictionary, these are now out of date or incomplete. Our goal is to make Johnson’s original text easy to use and to study, providing significant, long-term benefit to researchers, educators, and those involved in public programming in the humanities.

Dr. Beth Rapp Young (Associate Professor, English), Dr. Carmen Faye Mathes (Assistant Professor, English), and Dr. Amy Larner Giroux (Associate Director, Center for Humanities and Digital Research).

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Featured Journal

The Florida Review

The Florida Review publishes exciting literary work from around the world from writers both emerging and well known. We are not Florida-exclusive, though we acknowledge having a jungle mentality and a preference for grit, and we have provided and continue to offer a home for many Florida writers. We have been in more or less continuous semi-annual print publication since 1975 and in 2017 added a new literary supplement in Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, which features new literary works on a weekly basis, as well as author interviews, book reviews, digital storytelling, visual arts, and short film.

Editor & Director, Dr. Jake Wolff (Assistant Professor, English); Managing Editor, Dr. Mike Shier (Research Specialist, Center for Humanities and Digital Research).

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Center for Humanities and Digital Research
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