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Research support software on Research Commons computers

In addition to a basic suite of software available in all SFU Library computer labs, the following research support software is available on the computers in the Research Commons.  

*Consultations are available for software showing an asterisk (*). Contact research-commons@sfu.ca for further information.

ArcGIS*
ArcGIS is a GIS application for the visualization and analysis of geographic data via the creation of maps. 

Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Dragon is a voice recognition package that allows users to transcribe voice communications into textual format. Available only in the consultation rooms and on the laptops by special arrangements through research-commons@sfu.ca.

FME Desktop
FME Desktop is designed to manage, migrate, integrate, and restructure large data sets.

Google Earth Pro*
A powerful geovisualization program that allows for the import of geospatial data files. 

IDRISI
IDRISI is an integrated raster-based GIS and image processing software used for the analysis and display of spatial information.

LyX
LyX is a graphical layout editor and document processor, one of many front-ends to the TeX markup language.

Mendeley*
Citation management software that lets users collect, organize, cite, and share citations, as well as format bibliographies in a wide variety of styles. You must register for an account—instructions for how to do so are here. The Mendeley add-on for Word can be installed after you log in to the software; see this page for how to accomplish this. The Web Importer can be added to the browser by following the instructions here. Mendeley is free with up to 2GB of storage. Extra storage is available for a fee.

MikTeX
MikTeX is an editor designed specifically for the editing of TeX documents. Notepad++ is also suitable for this purpose.

OxygenXML
OxygenXML is an editor designed specifically for the editing of XML documents. Notepad++ is also suitable for this purpose.  SFU staff, students, and faculty can obtain an Oxygen license through the Library.  Contact Rebecca Dowson for more information.

NVivo*
NVivo is a software package that helps with management and analysis of qualitative information. NVivo allows users to track and code data, and create models to help organize research.

QGIS*
QGIS, an open source GIS application, is an alternative to ArcGIS. Available on Macs and PCs in the Research Commons. 

R / RStudio*
R is a freely available open source statistical language that is used for data manipulation, data visualization, and statistical analyses. It is powerful, platform independent, and extensible.

RefWorks*
Citation management software that lets users collect, organize, cite, and share citations, as well as format bibliographies in a wide variety of styles. The Write N Cite add-on is available in Word, in the References tab. You must create a RefWorks account—instructions for how to do so are here.

Sketchup Makeup
Sketchup Makeup is a free 3-dimensional modeling program designed for rapid prototyping, engineering schematics, architectural design, and for game wireframe meshes.

Summit*
Summit manages and showcases selected research and scholarship of SFU researchers. These selected research outputs include theses, research reports, journal articles, digital images, book chapters, data and other scholarly and teaching related works.

Tableau Desktop - Note: Tableau is currently only available in the library computer labs in the Bennett Library (rooms 4009 & 2105).
Tableau Desktop is a data visualization package; it allows users to manipulate views of datasets and present them in different ways.    Students can request a one year student license as part of the Tableau for Students program. Request your license here.

TortoiseSVN
TortoiseSVN is a Subversion client, integrated into the Windows shell, that will interact with remote and local SVN source control repositories.

Zotero*
Citation management software that lets users collect, organize, cite, and share citations, as well as format bibliographies in a wide variety of styles. This software is available in the Firefox web browser on Research Commons computers and there is a plug-in for MS Word under the Add-ins tab. You must register for an account—instructions for how to do so are here. Use of Zotero is free with up to 300MB of storage. Additional storage can be purchased for a fee. 

Additional research support software is available through IT Services. Access to some software is limited to SFU faculty and staff.