Welcome to the Methods Commons

Computation has produced new and exciting ways of studying texts. Many of these methods do not require the use of expensive programs or detailed programming knowledge, but only the know-how to combine freely accessible resources to perform various tasks. This site describes common or interesting sequences of actions, or recipes. They are organized according to the objective of the recipe. Recipes fall into the three major categories of location and identification of ideas, themes or specific terms; analysis of textual devices or themes; or the construction of new entities or corpora. The Methods Commons community benefits from shared experience and learning how others make use of recipes. You can share your experience by adding your own recipes to the collection.