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Text Data Mining (TDM)

A research guide for helping you identify public and licensed text sources for text data mining as well as tools for text analysis.

Data Sets from McGill-digitised Collections

Growing collection of discrete data sets from McGill-digitised materials available for downloading and text data mining.

  • Canadian Architect and Builder, plain text files containing the full text of the publication Canadian Architect and Builder (1888–1908) the only professional architectural journal published in Canada before World War I

  • The Fur Trade in Canada and the North West Company data set provides access to the full-text XML files of 38 manuscripts collectively known as the Masson Papers, held in McGill University Library Rare Books and Special Collections

  • Gynaecology in Traditional Chinese Medicine texts on the practice of gynecology in late imperial China

  • McGill County Atlas Project People Index is an extract from 43 Ontario county atlases produced between 1874 and 1881 that contain indexes of persons residing in each county. The CSV has 172927 records with the following fields: title (e.g. Mr., Mrs., Prof.), first name, last name, township name, town name, county name, atlas date, URL

  • McGill Electronic Theses and Dissertations contains full text and metadata (file types XML and HTML) of over 38,000+ theses and dissertations from 1881 - made available for research purposes 

  • McGill Library Chapbooks has over nine hundred British and American chapbooks andTEI XML file for each of the chapbooks using TEI P5:Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange by the TEI Consortium. Level 4 coding from Best Practices for TEI in Libraries was used to guide the encoding. Headers are minimal and without bibliographic information. The woodcuts in each chapbook were assigned a classification code from the Iconclass thesaurus to describe the subject of the image (zip file)


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