Text Analysis

DHA Consulations

Text Analysis

Text Analysis Resources 

Welcome to the Berea College Hutchins Library text analysis resource guide. Berea College has resources on text analysis for research and educational use. Our databases focus on providing students, faculty, and staff text analysis tools to complete academic projects thoroughly. 

 

What is text analysis?
Text analysis became a part of digital humanities as it once began with manual analysis of unstructured texts. According to the journal article titled "Visual Text Analysis in Digital Humanities," published in 2017, text analysis provides "applied close and distant reading techniques" through visualization methods.

Unstructured texts are data not formatted in HTML or XML code. It encompasses natural language and regular text. Examples of the unstructured text include blog posts, newspaper articles, books, and journals.

 

The text analysis process requires:

  1. Obtaining a corpus
  2. Preparing the text
  3. Choosing an analytical tool
  4. Inspecting the results

Visual Resources

Voyant Tutorial Playlist

 

Examples of TA works:

A staff member from Storybench follows an example of an in-class drill used by Derek Willis in his data reporting class at Georgetown University.

Readings

"Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature" by Matthew Jockers
“Seven Ways Humanists are Using Computers,” by Ted Underwood
 "Visual text analysis in digital humanities." by Jänicke, Stefan, Greta Franzini, Muhammad Faisal Cheema, and Gerik Scheuermann.

For Additional Help

If you are assigned a multimedia/new media project for your class or are interested in learning digital tools and methods for your own personal use, schedule a consultation with a Digital Humanities Associate (DHA). 

DHAs are Berea College students who primarily engage in peer-to-peer instruction by supporting digital humanities projects throughout the academic year. They offer hands-on guidance and assistance for digital class projects through one-on-one consultations* and holding evening walk-in hours. Behind the scenes, DHAs also plan and design resource handouts, tutorials, and workshops.

*DHAs will be available for one-on-one consultations starting in the Spring 2020 semester.