Researchers may find the following tools useful in their work. Emphasis is given to free (or at least having free components) and online tools or services.
Electronic Lab Notebooks:
Directories of Research Tools:
Due to the COVID-19 campus closure, SAS, Stata and SPSS will not be available in the Libraries nor any of the computer clusters. Students may still use these packages though you will need to load them on your own machine. The three companies are making their software available in different methods:
Stata - Stata has low-cost short- and long-term licenses for different size datasets. Be sure to read the documentation so you purchase the correct version.
SPSS - SPSS is offering a free trial version good until June 15.
Syracuse University has site licenses for each of these packages and offers them at a highly discounted price for students, faculty and staff. To order your own copy please go to ITS' Software Licenses page and follow the instructions there.
The Library also has ArcGIS available for your use. These can be used with the data management and statistical analysis capabilities of SAS, Stata and SPSS for some truly interesting and cutting-edge projects.
All statistical software packages have their good points and their bad points. Which to use is a difficult but important decision. We describe each package below to help you decide which to use. Please be aware that if you have data in SAS format, for example, but prefer to use Stata (or SPSS), then you are not stuck using SAS. You can use StatTransfer to convert the SAS data into Stata.
Still not sure what package you should use or want to know what else is "out there"? Then check out the DiRT Directory.
The following are sites and books to help you learn how to mine social networks, mostly using R: