You don't have to buy anything to get started using CAQDAS. The programs below are available for Illinois faculty, staff, students, and affiliates with a NetID to access on machines in the Scholarly Commons, Main Library, room 306.
Listed below are some of the more popular proprietary CAQDAS platforms. Keep an eye on the Illinois Webstore, who may offer Student or Faculty discounts at various times. The software providers themselves may offer discounts for students and other researchers.