What is Digital Scholarship?

Digital Scholarship can be loosely defined as the attempt to increase the accessibility of sources via digital methods. Those digital methods most often include allowing access to those sources online. This greater access to sources allows for more research and scholarship than ever before. The rise of digital scholarship calls for a rise in interdisciplinary works, as so many scholars in so many fields have access to sources never thought possible (or at least economically feasible). With greater access to sources comes a higher responsibility to those sources, however, as peers will be better equipped to critique an author’s sources and the arguments built from them. While the newest generation of scholars already has great access to the computers and internet, the accessibility of information thanks to the rise of digital scholarship must not be taken for granted, perhaps bringing about a shift in educational practices and methods if it has not already.