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Resource List Template

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Definition: 

Give the definition here in a complete sentence (or several complete sentences).  Start with the subject of the page.  Sometimes it's easier to use a more informal or intuitive definition: "A template is a blank form or document in which certain fields have already been designated and to which formatting has already been applied.  It is a model for similar documents or forms."  Sometimes you want to use the technical definition, especially with pages about more intensive or specific research (this definition was provided by dictionary.com): "A template is an electronic file with a predesigned, customized format and structure, as for a fax, letter, or expense report, ready to be filled in."

 

 

Tools:

 

  • This section lists software and websites, services, search engines, etc. that users can download and use, subscribe to, work with, when performing digital research tasks.
  • The different tools should follow the same basic formatting, with a hyperlink (don't set the hyperlink to open in a new window), followed by a colon, followed by a definition, followed by a parenthetical tag with logistical information
  • Ideally, each includes a few words from the page author, and a concise quote from the website; some of the definitions do better with lengthier website quotes
  • Make sure your links lead to the actual site; try not to hyperlink your colons
  • Don't put a period at the end of your description unless you are quoting multiple complete sentences; to link your own complete thoughts, use semicolons
  • State the cost and platform of a tool in parentheses placed at the end of your description; format the citation as follows: (Cost, platform)
  • EXAMPLE: "AntConc 3.2.1: concordance program, "can generate KWIC concordance lines and concordance distribution plots...has tools to analyze word clusters (lexical bundles, n-grams, collocates, word frequencies, and keywords" (Free, Windows/Mac OS X/Linux)"
  • NOTE: In listing platforms, it helps to order them by commonality or recognizability: Windows, then Mac, then Linux, etc.  Sometimes certain system requirements should be included.
  • Don't worry too much about formatting, though; that's what I'm here for :)

 

Resources:

  • This section is for links to outside sources that the user may find helpful.

  • Wikipedia: Some softwares, sites, and other "Tools" can be found on Wikipedia.  This is helpful when the software is vague about providing descriptions or information about cost, compatibility/system requirements.
  • dictionary.com: The name is pretty self-explanatory.  Sometimes you just can't find the right words, and quotes won't cut it either.
  • MLA Citation Guidelines: Scroll down to the bottom to find the links for citation.  While it is not necessary to create full bibliographic entries in this section, it is polite to include some of the basic information in a relatively standard format. Courtesy of Purdue's Online Writing Lab.
  • TAPoR Text Analysis Recipes: Straightforward, step-by-step instructions for using text analysis tools to accomplish particular research tasks
  • WikiTADA: The collaborative website of the Text Analysis Developers Alliance.

 

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