The following guides will help you begin using software and hardware in the Scholarly Commons:
Spatial Data Analysis
- ArcGIS - used to build, edit, visualize, and analyze temporal and spatial data
Quantitative & Qualitative Data Analysis
- R - an open source statistical processing system that facilitates editing, testing, and visualization of data
- SAS - a statistical software suite used for data management and analysis
- SPSS - a statistical processing system that facilitates editing, testing, and visualization of data
- ATLAS.ti - a qualitative data analysis software package
- Nvivo - a qualitative and mixed methods analysis software package
Text, Image, and Audio Editing
- ABBYY Finereader - make text and data in PDF and image files searchable and editable
- Audacity - a powerful open source audio editor and recorder
- Photoshop CS6 - an advanced digital image editor
- Plustek - a book friendly scanner
- Epson Sheetfeed Scanner
- Spiritbook Scanner - overhead scanner
- Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 - 35 mm slide scanner
In addition, more than 500 guides have been prepared by University Librarians to help you. LibGuides cover a wide variety of subjects including class projects.
Omeka is a free software tool that enables you to create online exhibits that showcase collections of digital images, text, and other multi-media formats in one seamless site. Omeka was developed by the Roy Rozenweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. This guide will show you how to start your own Omeka website and create an online exhibit to display your work and scholarship.
These are tools to correct and clean up data, typically spreadsheets, and get them ready for further processing. They can do things like correct spelling, remove extraneous characters or even change the order and structure of a data table.
Learn about the citation management tool that also excels at organizing your research. Mendeley helps you manage the PDFs on your computer. It also inserts citations and bibliographies into a word processor document. In addition, Mendeley can help you share research with collaborators and discover articles in your field.
Zotero is a free citation management software plugin for Mozilla Firefox. It enables users to collect, manage, and cite research from all types of sources. It is easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and it is free! Zotero allows you to attach pdfs, notes, images and screenshots to your citations. This allows you to organize them into collections for different projects, and to create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice.
RefWorks is a citation management software program, paid for by the University Library and offered FREE to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois. RefWorks collects, stores, and organizes citations from books, articles, web sites, and other sources. RefWorks automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies and formats references within manuscripts.