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The Linguist's Shoebox

Integrated data management and analysis for the field linguist

Self-paced training program

Most field linguists and anthropologists need to use computers to manage and analyze language and culture data. However, many are frustrated because the computer ends up taking too much of their time—and the results fall short of their expectations. By investing time in computer-based training to learn concepts and practice skills, Shoebox users can make the software work more effectively and efficiently to solve their problems and meet their goals. Because the training program is self-paced and modular, users can fit it to their particular needs and individual learning styles.

Download Shoebox Training installation file

  1.  In the file download box click the Save button and choose a place on your computer to save the zip file (Remember the location!) The zipped file (61.6mb) will be downloaded to your computer.
  2. Unzip the file to a temporary folder. Be sure the "Use Folder Names" option is checked. When the files are extracted, you should see a file structure as shown below.
  3. Go to the temporary folder and start the installation by double-clicking on CbtSetup.EXE.
  4. On the first screen of the installation click Next.
  5. On the second screen leave Run CBT on Hard Disk selected and click Next.
  6. On the third screen choose where you wish to install the training or accept the default destination folder C:\Program Files\SIL\Shoebox 5 Taining.
  7. Click Next and the installation will start.
  8. After the installation is complete click the Start Training Program Now check box to start the program when you click Finish.
  9. Click Finish.
  10. The program will start if you did step 8 above, if not do step 11 below.
  11. To run the Shoebox CBT navigate to the C:\Program Files\SIL\Shoebox Training folder and open it. Find Start.exe and double click it.  Alternatively, an icon called Shoebox 5 Training is placed on your desktop and can be used to start the training.

Ordering the training program

A CD-ROM containing the program may be ordered by sending an email to and asking for the CCS Training Courses CD-ROM. There will be a small charge for the CD-ROM.