Félix Manuel Burgos

University of New Mexico

Linguistics. Spanish. Latin American Studies

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Zotero www.zotero.org

I would go on hunger strike if they take this software away from me.  It is an incredible add-on to your Firefox Browser.  It allows you to  collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It also interacts with Word Office, so you can write and cite with a click. And, believe or not, it also generate your bibliography with a click. It has enormous potential as a research tool. For example, I used in my dissertation to create a corpus of Colombian news, collecting 3.823 articles. The software allowed me to implement a stratified random sample method, which derived in the corpus base of my dissertation. By the way, it’s free!  

Catma www.catma.de

This free software is a practical tool that allow you to do text analysis. It has a mark-up system that can be implemented to see semantic patterns. Also it can show you text statistics, as lexical co-ocurrences and words and phrases frequencies. It was a very instrumental part of my dissertation. 

Scrivener www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

Scrivener is like Word Office. But way better. Seems like it was done by someone that knows the needs of academic writing. Excellent tool to start a paper and let your creativity flow.

Word Clouds www.wordle.net

Its a very fun and interesting software for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text, allowing you to create visually attractive frequency information about a corpus.

Yojimbo www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/

This software was not made for academic research purposes, but it can very well used for scholary work. I use it to collect all my articles and digital books, and it allow me to do searches for specific words, topics, types of documents etc. It requires an important effort of tagging and classifying your documents, but at the end it’s worth it.

Evernote www.evernote.com

Sometimes inspiration comes in the wrong place. For example in bar after the second beer ;) Well, if you have an smartphone, this app allow you to record, write your idea in seconds. Because it is connected with your computer, you will hear or read that idea on the next day. Very, very useful.

X-mind www.xmind.net/

This is a basic software to create conceptual maps. It is useful if you like to do brainstorming in a graphic way. It can definitely be improved  


Corpus del Español www.corpusdelespanol.org

This website allows you to quickly and easily search more than 100 million words in more than 20,000 Spanish text from the 1200s to the 1900s. Excellent for Historical Spanish Research. It has a very versatile interface that allows you to search for words, phrases and combinations.

Corpus Diacrónico del Español http://corpus.rae.es/cordenet.html

Very similar to the previous corpus, this is the historical corpus of the Real Academia Española, with the capacity to search specific types of text.  

Corpus de referencia actual http://corpus.rae.es/creanet.html

Also, from the Real Academia Española, this corpus help you to find uses of current Spanish.

Medios de comunicación en Latinoamérica http://lanic.utexas.edu/subject/media/

If your are interested in mass media discourse analysis in Latin America, (I know very specific, but hey! That is my specialization) this is the most complete archive of digital resources I have found.  


Prezi www.prezi.com

Prezi is a very important part of my classes. It is like Power Point, but better and free if you have an .edu mail account. The zoom function, the panning between components of your presentations, and the easy insertion of you tube videos allow you to create very entertaining presentations. Because it is a cloud-based software, you can provide the links to your students for them to review the topics and exercises. In this site I have some examples or it uses.

Radio Lab www.radiolab.org

Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

Ted www.ted.com/talks

Great talks to stir your curiosity. Browse by subject, length, or rating (inspiring, jaw-dropping, funny…)


Live Mocha www.livemocha.com

This is an online language learning community. It has many resources, but my favorite is the live chat. It allow students to interact with native speakers of Spanish that want to practice their English. So there is an agreement! In sessions of one hour, half of it will be in Spanish, and the other in English. It is an incredible fun and instructive tool. Students not only practice Spanish and learn to teach English, they also make  a lot of friends!  

Voxopop www.voxapop.com

This voice-based e-learning tool allows you to create talkgroups for your students. Works as a forum, but instead of writting, students record their interventions. Very usefull for conversational practices that require to support a point of view.

Spanish Language and Culture www.colby.edu/~bknelson/SLC/index.php

If you need resources for your Spanish class, as activities or exercises, this is the place! Very well organized by topics, easy to use, and full of exercises that students can access from the Language Lab or their house.

Página de El Castellano www.elcastellano.org

This page provides content for more advance students. It also has a lot of resources, but specially interesting is “the word of the day”. They will send a new word everyday to your e-mail with its history. In my advances classes I have asked students to subscribe to this free service and I have seen their improvement of vocabulary. Besides, they learn a lot about hispanic culture.