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ProQuest TDM Studio Guide

ProQuest TDM Studio Visualizations

Available to all students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University, the Visualizations component of TDM Studio does not require advanced coding skills and supports a point and click creation of data visualizations, enabling users to:

  • Mine discussion of subjects across thousands of instances of current and historical journalism, and to the corpus of doctoral dissertations in ProQuest
  • Analyze a set of newspaper titles based on available SU subscriptions in ProQuest, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Post, Times of India, and several others
  • Apply pre-built visualizations to one's research questions using established text mining methods
  • Visualize global trends by comparing impact of a topic across multiple geographic locations
  • View interactive chronological displays to reveal changes in the subject of news coverage over time
  • Use an embedded topic modeling component to analyze major themes in those news reports or other documents
  • Analyze a sentiment analysis that plots out over time the emotions or affective states within your source documents (news articles or doctoral dissertations)
  • Manage as many as five simultaneous research projects of 10,000 documents each

Upon initial release, excepting the doctoral dissertations which date back much further - the range of news publication dates covered is primarily from 1990 to present (earlier for some titles)

ProQuest TDM Studio Registration Instructions

SU students, faculty, or staff wishing to use this visualizations option can register by:

  1. Going to: 
  2. Selecting: Log in to TDM Studio
  3. Selecting: “Create an account”

After you submit your account information, you will receive an email message for confirmation and to complete the process.

  • Please also note that SU faculty or students who already have previously created a "My Research" account in ProQuest, can use that email address and identical password during the TDM Studio VIsualizations Platform registration steps outlined above.  Conversely, those establishing a password on the Visualizations Platform, can use that to access a "My Research" account on the standard user interface for ProQuest.

Note that if you are a researcher that also has a temporary TDM Studio workbench access (using ProQuest TDM Studio's Jupyter Notebook), you will still need to go through this registration process to access the Visualizations platform.  Doing so will create a drop down menu under your name at the upper right corner of the TDM Studio homepage.  Using that menu, you can toggle between use of the workbench and the visualizations platform.

Case Studies

ProQuest TDM Studio Visualizations can be used for many different levels of research, teaching and learning. The platform can be a valuable teaching tool for faculty whose learning objectives include text mining methods. Others using this data tool for research or teaching may prefer applying it toward analysis of specific subjects pertinent to their field, probing how those subjects are covered within news reports, or for critical analysis of subjects not frequently covered (i.e., under-reported stories). Here are three brief case studies showing how the ProQuest TDM Studio Visualizations dashboard has been used at other academic institutions:

Topic Modeling - COVID_19 News Coverage

Digital Humanities – Undergraduate Teaching