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Mentored Scholarly Activity Guide (MSA): Software Resources for Mentored Scholarly Activity

If you want information about the MSA program, please see the main program page.

Software Resources In The Library for Mentored Scholarly Activity

The library provides a variety of general and specialized software which you may find useful. We also have a more general description of computing in the Library.

  • Adobe Acrobat for creating advanced, full featured PDFs is available on the four computers with scanners in the library. Ask at the service desk.
  • Adobe Elements Photoshop is available on on the four computers with scanners on the first floor of the library. Ask at the service desk.
  • Atlas TI (Student or Trial VersionThis software is designed to detect patterns in textual data and is used for qualitative research.  It is useful for finding trends and repeated themes gathered in interviews or focus groups. 
    Notes about the Trial version:

    The trial version of ATLAS.ti 5 has no expiration date. It is fully functional except for the following limitations:
    It is not possible to save projects that exceed a certain size, although you can open and use projects of any size.

    Maximum values:

    10 Primary Documents of unlimited size
    100 Quotations (= data segments)
    50 Codes
    30 Memos
    10 Network Views
    Auto recovery backup is disabled

  • EndNote XV is available on the VMWare client workstations in the library. (10 simultaneous users)
  • Microsoft Office is available on library workstations. It is not currently available to students for personal PCs or Macs via site license at AMC. If you would like to purchase your own copy of Microsoft Office, try a software vendor that offers educational discounts, such as Academic Superstore. or through the Anschutz Medical Campus Bookstore.
  • SAS and SPSS are available to AMC students, faculty, and staff in some of the AMC computer labs in locations other than the library. SPSS statistical software is available on the VMWare client workstations in the library (5 simultaneous users). Ask at the service desk for more information.
  • Visible Human Dissector (VHD) can be helpful in creating anatomical images for illustration. VHD is available on the four computers with scanners in the library . Ask at the service desk for directions.

On the Web / On Your Own

  • Coding Analysis Kit  Developed by University of Pittsburgh's Qualitative Data Analysis Program, CAT consists of a web-based suite of tools custom built from the ground-up to facilitate efficient and effective analysis of text datasets that have been coded using either an internal coding module or the commercial-off-the-shelf package ATLAS.ti. We have a narrated slide show on "The Origin of CAT" (updated 04/14/08) and a step-by-step tutorial (updated 03/26/08) on "Loading and Coding Raw Data". For ATLAS users, there is a merge HUs tutorial.
    CAT was designed to use keystrokes and automation to clarify and speed-up the coding, validation, or consensus adjudication process. Special attention was paid during the design process to the need to minimize the role of the computer mouse, thereby streamlining the physical and mental tasks in the coding and analysis process. We anticipate that CAT will open new avenues for researchers interested in measuring and accurately reporting coder validity and reliability, as well as for those practicing consensus-based adjudication
  • OpenOffice is an alternative to Microsoft Office. Open Office includes word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and database applications. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.
  • PBWorks: Free wiki software (formerly PBWiki). Wikis are similar to a weblog, but lend themselves to greater sharing and online editing. This makes Wikis perfect for "parking" information that both you and your mentor need to share and edit online. PBWorks is a free wiki site that allows small groups to set up an account, post information, and share ideas. PBWorks wikis are relatively private and secure, but since the information is stored on an internet server it is recommended that you back up your work to another safe place, and refrain from including patient information in your wiki.
  • Wordpress Are you collaborating with a mentor team on your research and want to "park" information for all team members? Try using a weblog to share information. Set up a Wordpress blog, allow team members to post and comment, and use the blog to plan or track research progress. Are not private so refrain from including patient information in your wiki. Since the information in your blog is stored on an internet server it is recommended that you back up your work to another safe place.

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