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.

Analyzing Narratives

Learning Objectives

The goals of Chapter 10 are to help you to do the following:

  • Explore the foundational role of narrative in human thought and communication.
  • Summarize theories of narrative from multiple disciplines.
  • Examine what has been learned about narrative from social science research.
  • Discover tools for conducting narrative analysis.


Humans are a storytelling species; we are “Homo fictus (fiction man), the great ape with the storytelling mind” (Gottschall, 2012, p. xiv). We tell stories to others, and to ourselves, every day, and those stories motivate us to action and elicit the whole range of our emotions, from love and wonder to anger and shame. Storytelling appears to be fundamental to human communication, but what are stories, exactly? How do they differ from other forms of communication? And ...

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