5 More Tools for the Researcher Without a Budget

During the final rush of the school year I came across a few more tools and resources that have become regulars in my toolkit.  I hope you will find them as useful as I have.

Zotero: http://www.zotero.org/
Level of difficulty: 3 out of 10

Zotero is a Firefox plug-in that offers point-and-click captures of book and journal citations. Zotero goes the extra mile by letting you manage your citations with folders and tags and also provides an option to generate bibliographies in a variety of formats (APA, AMA, ASA, Chicago Manual, Vancouver, etc.). Although this Firefox plugin resides in your browser you always have access to your saved citations regardless of your access to the internet.

Text Mining Tool:http://text-mining-tool.com/
Level of difficulty: 3 out of 10

Text Mining Tool is a small utility that will convert a variety of formats (pdf, doc, rtf, chm, html) into straight text. If you have ever had problems navigating pdf formatting the Text Mining Tool (windows only) is a quick solution to getting to the text. It is even more powerful when combined with PDFUnlock (mentioned here).

timeanddate: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
Level of difficulty: 1 out of 10

If you need to schedule a meeting with someone from another time zone, this online application generates a table with visual cues for the most convenient meeting times.

Opinion Lexicon:
Level of difficulty: 1 out of 10

When analyzing qualitative data from attitudinal surveys, developing a library of key words and phrases for coding can be time consuming. The Opinion Lexicon is an ongoing compilation of “positive and negative opinion words or sentiment words for English (around 6800 words)” and was initially developed as part of a paper by Minqing Hu and Bing Liu. Professor Bing Liu of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Computer Science has continued to update the lexicon as part of his exploration of sentiment analysis and subjectivity.


Level of difficulty: 1 out of 10

The website MyFonts offers a nice online utility that will help identify fonts that are used in documents. All you need to do is capture an image of the font you are interested in, uploade the picture and WhattheFont will tell you the font name. This is an online utility that I didn’t realize I needed until I started using it.

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1 Response to 5 More Tools for the Researcher Without a Budget

  1. cconley says:

    Just used Zotero to grab reference info for a youtube video with a single click.

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