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Wordle Visualization of Chapter One: Museums, Monuments, and National Parks

Wordle: Museums, Monuments, and National Parks, Chapter One

Perhaps it was a bit of a “cheat” to use my own book chapter to experiment with Wordle, but it did help me understand the potential educational value of the word cloud. More than simply an attractive display of textual elements, the cloud helps draw attention to major themes. The first chapter of my book traces the development of federal collections of material culture and the gradual acceptance of scientific research as relevant in the public sector. For first time readers, then, noting the dominance of words like “collections” and “research” alongside “federal government” in the first chapter could help clarify the main argument and enable a more efficient reading strategy.