Digital Humanities and Data Analysis Workshops The following workshops on research methods and software will be offered by the New Brunswick Libraries Graduate Specialists in Spring 2018.  All workshops will be held on the 4th floor of Alexander Library on College Avenue.  Room assignments and workshop instructors noted below. More detailed descriptions of the workshops will be posted as they are made available at https://libguides.rutgers.edu/graduatespecialist/workshops. Workshops held in rooms 413 and 415 are capped at 20 registrants. Workshops held in the Digital Humanities lab are capped at 12 registrants. Workshops are grouped by instructor in the categories of Quantitative Methods, Digital Humanities, and Data Analytics. Please sign up for the workshops you plan to attend at theRead More →

Getting Started Download Data and Worksheet Go to this url and download the zipped file of today’s data and worksheet. Move it to your desktop where you can easily find it again. Right click on the zipped file and extract the contents (Windows) or double-click to open (MacOS). R and RStudio R is the programming language. RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) that makes scripting in R much easier. Both are free and open source software. If you’d like to continue experimenting with R and RStudio, but you’d rather not install them on your personal machine, you can instead use the https://apps.rutgers.edu cloud service.Read More →

Contents Introduction Platform Limitations Formulate a research question Create a search string to retrieve your data TAGS Tool setup (easy) TAGS Tool setup (harder) Creating your Twitter archive Exploring and filtering your data Where to Next? Introduction For the hands-on portion of this workshop, we are going to use the TAGS tool, developed by Martin Hawksey, to start an archive of tweets on a topic of our choice. TAGS functions as a Google Sheet plugin that allows you to interact with the Twitter Search API. Ideally, we will accomplish three things: Learn about the metadata embedded in a tweet, and consequently the kinds of questions we can ask of Twitter data. FormulateRead More →

Contents About QGIS QGIS: A First Look Getting Data ACS Data Top Languages Spoken at Home (Middlesex) Adding a Vector Layer to QGIS Joining data Diagrams Proportions Discussion Print Composer Historic Maps References and Further Reading About QGIS QGIS is an advanced desktop mapping tool, comparable to ArcGIS. Its advantages: it is a strong tool for geospatial analysis; it’s easy to export your work to static images (PDF, TIFF, etc.). QGIS is less well suited for making interactive web maps, although there are various plugins that facilitate this work. The downside of QGIS is that the learning curve can be steep. In the hands-on portionRead More →

Introduction Zotero helps you to: keep track of your information while you search; create citations while you write; generate a formatted bibliography in seconds. Setting up Zotero Standalone Create your free Zotero account at https://www.zotero.org/user/register. Download and install Zotero Standalone at https://www.zotero.org/download. Add your username and password to Zotero Standalone to sync your account ( Zotero > Preferences > Sync). Add the browser connectors for your favorite browsers. Task: Saving Sources Find a Rutgers library catalog record (https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/) for one book (using keyword or subject search) and add it to your Zotero library. Find an article in JSTOR and add it to your Zotero library.Read More →