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The following guides will help you begin using software and hardware in the Scholarly Commons:

Spatial Data Analysis

  • GIS – used to build, edit, visualize, organize, and analyze temporal and spatial data. This guide is an introduction to the major concepts.
  • Story Maps – place context around your maps in the form of text, images, and other multimedia in order to tell a compelling story.

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

Usability Studies

  • Usability Testing – foundational concepts of usability testing and user studies, comparison of popular software
  • Morae – usability software (PC)
  • Silverback – usability software (Mac)

Text, Image, and Audio Editing

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: A User’s Guide

Omeka is a free software tool that enables you to create online exhibits that showcase collections of digital images, text, and other multimedia 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.

Omeka: A User’s Guide

Citation Management

  • Mendeley – 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 – 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.
  • EndNote – EndNote is software that allows you to keep track of your citations, organize them into folders, and create references and bibliographies in your papers.  EndNote is similar to Mendeley and Zotero, but it allows you to produce bibliographies in a greater variety of citation styles and allows greater customization.  Unlike Mendeley and Zotero, EndNote is not free and must be installed on your computer.