Text Mining

Finding word trends across large bodies of text.

Why use text mining or text analysis?

In order to:

  • Better understand large documents
  • Discover trends across a text
  • See changes in word usage over time
  • Find areas where additional research is necessary to gain a better understanding

Here's a great example of text mining in action:

Text Mining Text Mining

More Detailed Guides

Want to know more? These excellent guides from other libraries are recommended next places to look.

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Getting More Help

Paula Lackie and the Digital Humanities Team are great resources on text mining. Contact your liaison librarian, a data librarian or one of them for help.


This guide developed by Maddy Menard '17 and Jordan Kobbervig '19 under the supervision of Kristin Partlo, fall 2017.

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