Resource: Using Voyant-Tools to Formulate Research Questions for Textual Data

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What if text analysis could help with teaching the research process? In particular, with guiding students toward asking thoughtful and interesting research questions about the text? As opposed to traditional “close reading”, text analysis facilitates what many scholars call “distant reading”. In “distant reading”, texts can be analyzed at speeds and magnitudes way beyond human abilities. Because text analysis allows readers to see what may have been familiar in new, unfamiliar ways, it can also help with identifying previously overlooked or obscure aspects about that text.

I find a tool for text analysis, called Voyant-Tools, particularly conducive to the undergraduate classroom.

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