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 +====== Getting Started ======
  
 +FieldTrip is a toolbox that contains a set of separate (high-level) functions, it is not a program with a graphical user interface. The toolbox functions can be combined into an analysis pipeline, i.e. a MATLAB script containing all steps of your analysis.
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 +For this reason, if you are new to MATLAB or EEG/MEG analysis, FieldTrip might not be the way to go for you yet. If you are persistent and eager to learn, [[/​references_to_review_papers_and_teaching_material|references to review papers and teaching material]] might help you on your way. 
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 +To get a general overview of how FieldTrip is designed, please have a look at the [[http://​www.hindawi.com/​journals/​cin/​2011/​156869|reference paper]] and at the [[/​development/​modules|modular development]] page.
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 +By far the best way to get started using FieldTrip, is by reading through the [[tutorial]] documentation,​ the [[walkthrough|walkthrough]] and through the other [[documentation]]. If you have questions that are not answered by the documentation or in the [[faq|FAQ]],​ you can register on the [[discussion_list|email list]] and ask the other users and the developers for help. Also, FieldTripping is not something you do alone - inform yourself about colleagues that use (or want to use) FieldTrip.
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 +We organize [[workshop|FieldTrip workshops]] and a yearly “Advanced EEG/MEG analysis” [[http://​www.ru.nl/​donders/​agenda-news/​courses/​|toolkit course]] at the Donders Centre in which we lecture and give hands-on training sessions. ​ Attending one of these will probably benefit your understanding and analysis skills.
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 +If you are very eager to get started with your own data, please proceed to the user documentation section on [[:​reading_data|importing your own data]].