By Sarita Alami
In my last post I discussed how Paper Machines, the text analysis add-on for Zotero, can help you visualize your research. Some of Paper Machines’ features are pretty self-explanatory, but others are less intuitive. Here I’ve tried to expand on some of the potentially complicated aspects of Paper Machines to supplement the documentation available on the developer’s site.
Paper Machines is available for Zotero Standalone and Mozilla Firefox. To install the Paper Machines add-on in Firefox, download the XPI file, then load it by navigating to tools → add-ons → install add-ons → get add on from file. In Zotero Standalone, navigate to tools → add-ons → gear icon → install add-on from file.
Once you’ve installed the add-on, you can adjust various default settings.
You can analyze the contents of your Zotero library by right clicking on any collection and selecting “Extract Text for Paper Machines.” Once the text is extracted, you have the option of running various processes and viewing the corresponding visualizations.
Read original post here. (Originally published, October 22, 2012)