Text analysis tools can be used to access and interpret text. Texts can be systematically evaluated to produce quantitative data that can be analysed.

Text analysis software is available on Centre for Digital Scholarship computers, via web-based portals or to download from the Software at UQ page.

Contact the Centre for Digital Scholarship for help with text analysis tools, installation advice and information on training sessions.

This guide lists a few key text analysis software tools and training resources. 
Our Text mining and text analysis guide is a more comprehensive resource for researchers. It includes information on:

  • Sources of text data
  • Preparing text for analysis
  • A tool comparison table


Leximancer is a text analytics tool used for scientific qualitative data analysis including concept visualisation and mapping. 

Use Leximancer to:

  • extract meaning from text in complex ways
  • analyse textual data (documents, e-mails, blogs, Web sites, etc.) to extract concepts, themes and relationships

View additional product information from Leximancer.

Access Leximancer software

UQ students and staff can access a licensed version of Leximancer desktop software.

Training and guides


Nvivo is software used to organise and analyse text and data.

NVivo allows you to:

  • import data files from a variety of sources, including spreadsheets, referencing software such as EndNote, surveys, social media and web pages 
  • organise your materials and sources
  • analyse text, audio, video and images
  • visually display the analysis in graphs, charts and diagrams

View additional information on NVivo.

Access NVivo

On Centre for Digital Scholarship eZone computers:

  1. Open the ZENworks window
  2. In the Centre for Digital Scholarship folder choose On this PC
  3. Double click NVivo

Find out more about getting NVivo software on UQ Computers.

You can purchase a student license to install NVivo on your own personal computer. There are other license types available.

Training and guides

UQ Library training and resources:

Guides from QSR International:


OpenRefine can be used as a powerful text search tool and to clean and transform data. It is useful for text analysis and data analysis.


  • is useful for big pattern thinking
  • allows you to apply filters and facets to your data
  • has a range of input and output formats (Excel, csv, tsv, openOffice, Google Spreadsheets, Fusion tables, JSON, RDF)

View additional information from OpenRefine.

Access OpenRefine software

OpenRefine is a free, open source desktop application. View license information.

On Centre for Digital Scholarship computers:

  1. Open the ZENworks window
  2. Choose On this PC in the Centre for Digital Scholarship folder
  3. Double click on OpenRefine

Download OpenRefine software to your own computer

Training and guides

To enquire about a session on OpenRefine email the Centre for Digital Scholarship - cds@library.uq.edu.au 

Other text analysis software

There are many more text analysis tools available. Try:

  • Text mining/analysis tools - view a tool comparison chart and find tool directories in our guide.
  • Voyant Tools - a web-based text reading and analysis environment for the digital humanities.
  • GATE  - an open source software useful for natural language processing and language engineering.
  • TAPoR - choose the right text analysis tool for your research using this gateway to tools used in sophisticated text analysis and retrieval.