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Researchers: Resources and 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 our electronic journals.  If you see a link to full text at Middlesex then you can access the paper.  If the paper is not held by Middlesex, please use Inter Library Loan to get a copy. 

Off site this only works if preferences are set to search Middlesex University Library.  

For more information on searching Google and Google Scholar, see our slides on Effective internet searching.

If you are asked to login this is your usual Middlesex Username and Password, which you would use to login to a PC when on campus at the University. 

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 library download server.  

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."  The Nvivo website includes Nvivo website tutorials to help you get started. The download server has PC and Mac versions.

SPSS:  "Customers use SPSS predictive analytics software to anticipate change, manage both daily operations and special initiatives more effectively, and realize positive, measurable benefits." The download server has SPSS PC and Mac versions. A training course for SPSS can be found on

Minitab: "The leading statistical software used to improve quality worldwide." Minitab is available from the download server.

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" Available from the download server.

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.