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These programs are useful in research of all types - gathering, storing, sorting, selecting, organizing, generating data, hypotheses, concepts.

Name Comments
MS Excel

What it Does: The standard spreadsheet
Runs on: PC, Mac
Drexel Site License
Best Feature: Easy lists
Worst Feature: Time to learn its vast array of features.
Learning Time: Hours --- Export/Import: Good
My use: Daily --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: For any heavy user it's worth adding the spreadsheet assistant mentioned elsewhere, and then learning how to record/write macros (VBA).
Numbers note: Classroom demos of relationships
Simple Concordance

What it Does: Create document concordances - text analysis
Runs on: PC, Mac
Free
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: Amazing concordance
Worst Feature: Requires text files - must save Word file as text first.
Learning Time: Hours --- Export/Import: Medium
My use: Infrequent --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: One of the gems. Months of work can be performed (better) in minutes. Obviously valuable only for those who need concordances.
To save the analyses you will probably use copy and paste.
Numbers note: For statistics on documents
Spreadsheet Assistant

What it Does: Excel macros to improve heavy-user efficiency
Runs on: PC only
Price: $40
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: The added features become "natural" - such as "select to end" of column or row.
Worst Feature: You have to pay for it.
Learning Time: Hours ---
My use: Regular --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: Not likely to be useful for somebody who doesn't regularly use Excel.
Review & Comments about Spreadsheet Assistant in Academic Tools Blog

 

 

Update: 2006-11-26