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Research Tools & Softwares


Suggested research tool and softwares to help your research needs:

  1. Manage your References
  2. Storing and sharing files and documents
  3. Preparing Documents & Writing
  4. Research Software & Analysing Data
  5. Mind mapping
  6. Visualisation
  7. Research Equipment


RefWorks Tutorials

Getting Started with Mendeley

Google Drive Tutorial 2015 - Quick Start

Dropbox Tutorial 2015 - Quick Start

SPSS 22 Tutorial

Tour of the Stata® 13 interface

How to Make a Mind Map - The Basics

1. Manage your References


RefWorks provides users with a simple to use online tool, to capture, organize, store, share, and manipulate data generated by multiple information resources. UJ official reference tool, FREE to UJ students and staff. Group code is required for access and creating an account. Ask your librarian for assistance and training.

Quick Start Guides   RefWorks videos: Learn to use in 20 min   RefWorks Users Support   Ask a Librarian

EndNote manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. It is produced by Thomson Reuters. 30 dayes free trial. Requires subscription

EndNote training @YouTube  

Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF organizer. Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.

Mendeley Support    Mendeley Tutorials @YouTube videos    Mendeley Videos & Guides: Get started

Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDF files). It is easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else

Zotero Quick Start Guides

Citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references. Frequently Asked Questions!

2. Storing and sharing files and documents

Google Drive - Cloud Storage & File Backup. Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more.  Drive starts you off with 15 GB of free Google online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos – anything. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet or computer. So wherever you go, your files follow. You can quickly invite others to view, download and collaborate on all the files you want, no email attachment needed.

Dropbox is a service that keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and never lose a file again. Dropbox gives you 2 GB free space. Get to all your files from any device, and work together with anyone. Save files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road. Everything you keep in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices. It’s easy to share large files with anyone — even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. Edit a presentation with teammates without emailing files back and forth. When you edit a file in a shared folder, everyone gets the update automatically

OneDrive: Upload files to OneDrive from your Windows 8.1 tablet, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Create, edit, and share Office documents for free. Keep your Office documents in OneDrive and get to them from any device. 15 GB Free with sign up and no additional storage purchased

3. Preparing Documents & Writing

LaTex: LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. LaTeX is available as free software.


Google Docs: Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer.

WordWeb FREE version.

4. Research Software & Analysing Data

Access to the following Research Software's is available on Blackboard:

Acrobat Professional XI: Software with which you can create and edit PDF files, create encapsulated postscript files, and, protect PDF files and create forms. License key: Available during installation by a consultant - 300 licences. You will be required to enter your cell number


IBM SPSS AMOS 22: A tool which enables you to specify, estimate, assess and build attitudinal and behavioural models that reflect complex relationships to show hypothesized relationships among variables. License key: Unlimited users. You will be required to enter your cell number and download IBM SPSS Amos software. Instalation guide is available

SPSS 22: A software package used for statistical analysis. Its officially known as IBM SPSS Statistics. License key: Unlimited access.


ATLAS.Ti 7: A research tool for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data. The software allows you to analyse all your data side-by-side in multi-window frames. License key: Unlimited users. Your personal key will be available once you download the software. You will be required to enter your cell number and download the ATLAS.TI 7 software. Instalation guide is available

Mathematica 10.0.2: Almost any workflow involves computing results, and that's what Mathematica does. License key: Ulimited users. A CAT consultant will send you a licence key via email.

System Modeler uses versatile symbolic components and offers an all-in-one integrated workflow, all backed with the ultimate computation environment. License key: A CAT consultant will send you a licence key via email.

Respondus is a Windows application that enhances the functionality and usability of Blackboard's Test, Survey and Self-Test tools. License key: Unlimited users. Information is included in the zip file.

Stata 13: Stata is an integrated statistics package data analysis and includes data management, statistical analysis, graphics, simulations, and custom programming. License key: 40 users


Lertap is a software system used to process and analyze data collected from quizzes, exams, tests, and surveys. Lertap is an acronym for the Laboratory of Educational Research Test Analysis Package.  It dates way back to 1973. Lertap 5, the latest "genre", works with Microsoft's spreadsheet program, "Excel". There are versions for Macintosh and Windows computers.

5. Mind mapping

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information (Wikipedea)


FreeMindOpen-source tool. Features downloads, screen shots, license, essays, support forum and project information. Tutorial


Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized.


Collaborate with the world's best mind mapping software. Mind maps for brainstorming, process mapping, and concept mapping.


6. Visualisation


WolframAlpha is more than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics, including science ..

7. Research Equipment