Glycan “node” analysis is the process by which pooled glycans within complex biological samples are chemically deconstructed in a way that facilitates the analytical quantification of uniquely linked monosaccharide units (glycan “nodes”). It is based on glycan methylation analysis (a.k.a. linkage analysis) that has historically been applied to pre-isolated glycans. Thus, when using glycan node analysis, unique glycan features within whole biospecimens such as “core fucosylation,” “α2-6 sialylation,” “β1-6 branching,” “β1-4 branching,” and “bisecting GlcNAc,” are captured as single analytical signals by GC-MS. Here we describe the use of this methodology in cell culture supernatant and in the analysis of IgG (alpha-1 antitrypsin) glycans. The effect of IL-6 and IL-1β cytokines on secreted hepatocyte protein glycan features is demonstrated; likewise, the impact of neuraminidase treatment of IgG is illustrated. For the majority of glycan nodes, the assay is consistent and reproducible on a day-to-day basis; because of this, relatively subtle shifts in the relative abundance of glycan features can be captured using this approach.