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What's a workset?
Worksets serve to define the scope of the group of texts being analyzed, in order to conduct research on them effectively. Thus, worksets allow researchers to cut out the "noise" or irrelevant material that would be there if analysis were to be carried out across the entire scope of the HathiTrust corpus.
Worksets have two functions:
Gather material of interest in one place (like a "virtual study carrel")
Users can search/metadata criteria to "slice and dice" results into a usable workset
Delimit the "scope" of the analysis
You don’t want to run your analysis on the whole of the HathiTrust collection — you want to run it only on material that is interesting/relevant to you