Useful Links


The workshop presentations inevitably assume some familiarity with content analysis methods and terminology. These books provide helpful overviews of the general approach as well as more specific elements.

  • Klaus Krippendorff (2004). Content Analysis: An introduction to its
    methodology, 2nd: Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Kimberly A. Neuendorf (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook. Thousand
    Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Robert Philip Weber (1990). Basic Content Analysis, 2nd. Thousand Oaks,
    CA: Sage.
  • Bo Pang and Lillian Lee, Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis (2008).


These software packages listed here are referenced in the workshop.

Software for preparing text as data

  • Outwit Hub is a free scraper utility for Mozilla. For the right tasks it works very well (register for the ‘Pro’ beta).
  • cURL retrieving internet files
  • Wget retrieving internet files
  • Will Lowe’s software page includes a number of helpful tools including ykconverter (converts files to raw text), jfreq (word counts) and yoshikoder (build unigram dictionaries).
  • tm (R package that includes tools for prepping text as data)
  • Excel offers some very sophisticated functions for manipulating text.  Here too.

Dictionary/NLP Resources

  • General Inquirer
  • Phil Schrodt’s PSEDP project (formerly KEDS)
  • WordNet
  • TextPack is a commercial text analysis package for analyzing word frequencies and developing and applying user constructed dictionaries. The student price is about $100.

Supervised Learning Resources



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