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McGraw-Page Library: Research Tools

Research tools

Research Tools


Tool Description Access
NVIVO NVivo is a qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis software tool. R-MC only. Available on select library laptops.
PSPP GNU PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free alternative to the proprietary program SPSS. Free.
QDA Minor QDA Miner Lite is a free and easy-to-use version the computer assisted qualitative analysis software QDA Minor. It can be used for the analysis of textual data such as interview and news transcripts, open-ended responses, etc. as well as for the analysis of still images. Free. PC computers only.
SPSS IBM SPSS Statistics is a software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis (quantitative data). R-MC only. Available on lab computers and library laptops.
TAMS TAMS Analyzer is a free qualitative data analysis tool, primarily designed for ethnographic and discourse research. Free. Mac computers only.


Tool Description Access
Adobe Reader PDF reader with basic highlighting and commenting functionality. Free
CamScanner Mobile app allows for high-resolution scans and document management, as well as hand-written annotations and customizable watermarks. Free+
Diigo Save, tag, organize, annotate, and share web pages and pdf documents as you browse online. Free+
Kami Desktop tool or Google Chrome plugin. Annotate, markup, and collaborate on PDF, document, or image files. Works with Google Drive. Free


Tool Description Access
Adobe Creative Cloud Everything you need to create something amazing. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Stock, Typekit, Dreamweaver, Adobe XD, Lightroom, Adobe Audition, and more! R-MC only. Available on desktop computers in the Butler Pavilion as well as select library laptops.
GIMP Free, open source image editor, an alternative to the proprietary program Photoshop. Free
Google Suite Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites Free, or linked to your account for unlimited storage
Microsoft Office Suite [Office365] Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Outlook Free as a member of the R-MC community
Prezi Move beyond slides and create a presentation in Prezi. Free

Keeping Current

Tool Description Access
Feedly News aggregator that allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds of journals you follow Free
Google Scholar Alerts you to new material that matches your pre-set search criteria. Free
JournalTOCs Alerts you when new issues of your followed journals are published. Free
Pocket Put articles, videos, etc., into Pocket from a browser or an app like Twitter. Then read it later, even without an Internet connection. Free


Tool Description Access
Mindomo Concept mapping, mind mapping, outlining, even collaboratively Free (up to three maps)


Tool Description Access
Evernote Capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Allows tagging and reminders. Free+
Notability Combine handwriting, photos, and typed text in notes, add and annotate pdfs. iOS devices only. $5.99
OneNote Gather notes, drawings, photos, screen clippings, audio files, and more into notebooks. Add annotations, and share. Free as a member of the R-MC community
Simplenote A simple tool for taking text notes. Syncs across devices and allows sharing, does not have robust organizational tools. Free
Wunderlist Organize and share lists. Set due dates and reminders, flag important items, and collaborate with others. Free

Research Management

Tool Description Access
EndNote Reference management program that allows you to collect and manage citations to create bibliographies. R-MC only. You must sign up for an account with your R-MC email to use. Provides online access to this tool
Mendeley Reference management program that allows you to collect, manage, and share citations to organize your research and create bibliographies. Free (limited storage)
Scrivener A tool to support writing. Gather your material, organize it, reorganize it, split it apart, keep all your notes, references, and manuscript drafts in one place. $38
Zotero Reference management program that allows you to collect, manage, and share citations to organize your research and create bibliographies. Free (up to 300MB storage)
ZoteroBib The perfect tool if you just need to create a bibliography without creating an account or installing software. Search for your source, select your style, and copy and paste into your document. Free


Tool Description Access
Box Secure, store, and share your files. Free (up to 10GB storage)
Dropbox Store, share, securely access your files. Free (up to 2GB storage)
Google Drive Store, share, securely access your files. Free (up to 15GB storage)
R-MC access (unlimited storage): sign in with your email
Microsoft OneDrive Store, share, securely access your files. R-MC access (unlimited storage): sign in with your email
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