Where do I find information about operations on Excel, Word, text files and other non-DBMS products that can be accessed via the JDBC-ODBC Bridge?

Joe Sam Shirah

The best source is, the source, that is, Microsoft. See: Microsoft ODBC Desktop Database Drivers, which includes considerations for non-DBMS operations.

You can also check The ODBC FAQ and here's a java example for Using MS-Excel and JDBC.