Teach students how to construct a viable research project based on online sources. Gabe Ignatow and Rada Mihalcea’s An Introduction to Text Mining: Research Design, Data Collection, and Analysis provides a foundation for readers seeking a solid introduction to mining text data. The book covers the most critical issues that must be taken into consideration for research projects, including web scraping and crawling, strategic data selection, data sampling, use of specific text analysis methods, and report writing. In addition to covering technical aspects of various approaches to contemporary text mining and analysis, the book covers ethical and philosophical dimensions of text-based research and social science research design.

Designing Your Research Project

Learning Objectives

The goals of Chapter 5 are to help you to do the following:

  • Strategize your research design from the earliest stages of your project.
  • Determine where the most critical decisions are made in text mining research.
  • Compare various research designs for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.
  • Reference influential text mining studies that employ a variety of research designs.


Research design is one of the most critically important but also most difficult topics in the social sciences (Creswell, 2014; Gorard, 2013). Research design is essentially concerned with the basic architecture of research projects, with designing projects as systems that allow theory, data, and research methods to interface in such a way as to maximize a project’s ability to achieve its goals (see Figure 5.1). ...

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