Research Methods

Explore tools and methods for your research, including digital tools and computational methods to enrich traditional scholarship.

Libraries and OIT staff can provide consultation on additional methodologies and new forms of publication and collaboration; including text data mining (TDM), textual analysis, network analysis, geospatial analysis (GIS), and digital archiving.

Digital scholarship applies digital tools and computational methods to traditional scholarship, engendering additional methodologies and new forms of publication and collaboration. Common methods include text data mining, textual analysis, network analysis, geospatial analysis, and digital archiving.

  • For in class instruction on discipline-specific research methods, contact your subject librarian
  • For guidance on starting a digital scholarship project or developing in-class instruction on a digital scholarship topic, contact the Research & Scholarly Initiatives Studio.
  • For consultation on programming, data visualization, cleaning or analysis such as web scraping, contact OIT Data Science Support team.
  • For guidance on integrating GIS and spatial information into your projects, contact the GIS Lab.
  • For consultation with data management planning, description, storage, and archiving, contact Research Data Management Support at

Text Data Mining

Text data mining is the application of computational methods to analyze a large set of texts to discover patterns and trends. Using library databases for text data mining requires specific licensing. Some library databases have text mining licensing in place, but most require additional licensing and funds. Learn more about acquiring research data.

Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI)

Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI) is an annual series of workshops that introduce participants to skills such as digital humanities coding, project planning, and the use of data in the humanities.

Digital Collections

A digital collection provides online access to digitized images, documents, artwork, audio-visual materials, and more. SMU Libraries’ Norwick Center for Digital Solutions (nCDS) provides instruction and consultation on digital collection projects using, CONTENTdm, SMU Scholar, and other online repositories.

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Digital Scholarship Tools
Computational Skills & Thinking
Text Data Mining