Welcome to the Methods Commons

Methodica is a collection of research methods and techniques for analyzing text. Computation has produced new and exciting ways of studying text in the Digital Humanities, and many of these methods do not require the use of expensive programs or detailed programming knowledge. This site describes common or interesting sequences of actions, or recipes, showing users how to combine freely accessible resources to perform various analytic tasks. Each recipe begins by listing required ingredients (text analysis tools, pieces of code, texts in certain formats, etc.), walks the user through the steps of a process, and concludes with links to further information and additional steps the researcher can try out. Methodica is a companion to the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) tool repository.