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 Information Technology Services.

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

1. Leximancer

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 through Information Technology Services.

Training and guides

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2. OpenRefine

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 

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3. Other text analysis software

There are many more text analysis tools available. Try:

  • 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.
  • NVivo -  is useful for text and data analysis.  See our Data analysis software page for information on using and accessing NVivo.
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