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Data & Statistics Research Guide: Software & Tools

This guide is a collection of all of the data and statistics-related research guides.

Book Recommendations

Selected books on statistical software packages:

Software at Gelman Library

Gelman Library supports a variety of statistical software packages. To determine which computers/labs have specific programs, please go here.  

Supported Software


  • ArcGIS
  • Datastream
  • MATLAB R2013a
  • Microsoft Excel
  • R
  • R Studio
  • Stata 13


  • Microsoft Excel
  • QGIS
  • R
  • R Studio
  • Stat/Transfer (available in The Lab)

Students also have access to software and applications through the Division of Information Technology and certain schools. Please see DIT's Software and Business applications page for more information.



Qualitative Data Analysis Software Options

GW Libraries does not currently license qualitative data analysis software; however, there are options available for students and faculty:

MAXQDA offers a 30-day free trial:

NVivo offers a 30-day free trial:

Atlas.ti is only available in Himmelfarb to health sciences students, but they do offer a free-trial (it has no expiration date, but does have program limitations):

There are some open source software options such as AQUAD: . It is an open source program out of Germany and most of the documentation and website have been translated to English. There is a manual available on their site.

There is a package available for the R open source program called RQDA ( Installation instructions are available on their site.

Online Data Tools

These tools (some free, others subscription-based) are useful for developing data visualizations or analyzing data. Most of these sites have demos or help guides to assist you in learning the tools.

Visualizing Data: Resources

  • Visualizing Data's Resources page is a compilation of tools for analyzing and visualizing data. The site offers brief descriptions and highlights unqiue features of each tool.


GIS Consulting

GIS Consulting is available in Gelman Library. Please consult our Research Calendar (look for GIS Only in the staff listing) to schedule an appointment for assistance with:

  • Basic GIS Instruction
  • Project-based GIS Consultation
  • GIS Data Discovery
  • GIS Data Troubleshooting
  • GIS Metadata review
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