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Researchers: Resources & Software

Finding resources

Subject LibGuides

These are the guides to use if you are looking for specific information or advice on how to use  specific resource for your subject. There is one for each subject area written by the subject liaison librarian who is the expert on that topic.

Get the most out of Google scholar

  • You can use Google Scholar to link to journals. 
  • Set Middlesex University as your library: From the Scholar menu choose Settings > Library Links > search for Middlesex University > save.
  • If you see full text at Middlesex you can access the paper. 
  • If not, use Inter Library Loan for free. 
  • In settings under Bibliography manager you can set the default link to RefWorks.
  • For more information on searching Google and Google Scholar, see Effective internet searching.
  • If you are asked to login, use normal your Middlesex Username and Password.

What are you writing?

This part of the guide suggests resources about research and publishing.  Please see the specific pages for book and journal publishing.

Statistical analysis software free to download: Nvivo, SPSS, Minitab, OxMetrics

You can download the statistical analysis software below from the Middlesex University download server or link to it as indictated. 

We have created a Lynda.com playlist of courses to teach you how to use Nvivo, SPSS, Minitab and SurveyMonkey.

Nvivo allows a researcher to work with rich information, where deep levels of analysis on both small and large volumes of data are required. "It removes .. tasks associated with analysis, like classifying, sorting and arranging information, so you have more time to explore trends, build and test theories and ultimately arrive at answers to questions."  It is often used for analyzing qualitative data from interviews.

SPSS:  "Customers use SPSS to anticipate change, manage both daily operations and special initiatives more effectively, and realize positive, measurable benefits."

  • The  Middlesex University download server has SPSS PC and Mac versions.
  • A training course for SPSS can be found on Lynda.com.

Minitab: "The leading statistical software used to improve quality worldwide."

  • Minitab is available from the Middlesex University download server
  • A training course for Minitab can be found on Lynda.com.

Oxmetrics is "an integrated solution for the econometric analysis of time series, forecasting, financial econometric modelling, or statistical analysis of cross section and panel data" 

STATA, "a complete, integrated statistical software package that provides everything you need for data analysis, data management, and graphics". 

  • This is available on student machines and on staff machines if requested from CCSS.  
  • Video tutorials are available on the Stata website.

Qualtrics:  This is survey software available to university staff (not students) via the staff intranet

Managing your references: RefWorks

This product is still under development, so if you are a researcher needing the full analysis functions of RefWorks, please use the old version, now known as Legacy Refworks.    

RefWorks is the software  for keeping track of resources you use, storing PDFs and formatting references. The software formats citations and references into the styles required by hundreds of journals, making citation within papers very easy to do, using a plug in to Word called Proquest for Word.   Please see the New RefWorks page for how to videos and instructions. 

Other products such as EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero are also available either for purchase or free via the internet.

LaTeX - document preparation

LaTeX, which is pronounced «Lah-tech» or «Lay-tech» (to rhyme with «blech» or «Bertolt Brecht»), is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.