Enhance Your Research Using Text Network Analysis

How to Build on Top of an Existing Discourse

 You can enhance your approach to research using text network analysis. If you have several quotes, citations, or notes you made related to your topic, you can visualize them as a graph, so you can see how it all connects. You will identify the main topics inside and the main communities, see how they are related. 

The next step is to see what you could add to this discourse in such a way that enhances it in the direction, which is still relevant to its main agenda. You can do that by writing the text on top of the already existing one, making the new connections, focusing on closing the structural gaps in the graph. The result is a new discourse, which takes us one step further, adding something new into the graph in a way that is related to the research agenda.


Using the graph below try to explore the main topics contained in the selection of notes on ecology. Try to then identify the structural gaps and to see how this discourse could be developed further.

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