CiteSpace for the humanities: co-citation network and time slice visualization



Thursday, September 18, 2014 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm


Blagg-Huey Library

Texas Woman's University

About This Session

CiteSpace remains one of the most used visualization tools for determining patterns and trends in scientific literature.  This tutorial will focus on configuration techniques for humanities research.  The session will begin with a high level overview covering research fronts and intellectual base citation models. Participants will select a humanities topic for the hands on portion.  Using the selected area, users will explore citation harvesting strategies and goals.  Participants will learn configuration techniques, such as EM clustering, burst terms, pivot points and time slicing.  From an expanded model, users will learn how to scale and prune nodes and networks to examine specific patterns and trends.  Participants will learn how to distinguish current research fronts and intellectual bases by time slice analysis.  The session will end with pattern recognition techniques for discovering interdisciplinary crosswalks and related resources.

Learning objectives:

  • Citation harvesting
  • Node and link overview
  • Network visualization techniques
  • Time slice analysis
  • Interdisciplinary resource discovery


Matthew Windsor

Matthew Windsor is the systems and media services librarian for Hendrix College, a small liberal arts school in central Arkansas. He completed his MS and MSIS at Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics . He is currently researching the intersection of gender and technology.

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