Software, Tutorials & Helpful Links

Software, Tutorials & Helpful Links


Online Tutorials

  • lynda Online Training Tutorials: Access many online tutorials in computer-related topics such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, video editing, computer programming, web design, database design and more. Click here for access.
  • Qualtrics University: Duke offers a Web-based tool for creating and conducting online surveys called Qualtrics. Take advantage of online tutorials and help documentation available to you at no cost through Qualtrics University
  • Microsoft E-Learning Courses: As part of Duke’s license agreement with Microsoft  you can access free E-Learning courses from Tutorials include applications such as Word, Excel, Project, Outlook, PowerPoint and systems such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. For information to access these tutorials, go to the Microsoft Online Training Page. (Note: These tutorials can only be accessed using Internet Explorer on Windows.)
  • Other Online Training Opportunities:  Visit the Learn IT Online Wiki for a list of training links and software tutorials.


Duke negotiates with vendors to make software available to Duke affiliates for discounted rates or, in many cases, for free. If you have any questions, e-mail the site-license office at You can browse available software here. You will need your NetID to access these resources. Examples of software you may be interested in, includes:

  • ArcGIS – ArcGIS library guide.
  • NVivoMight your research and/or MP require you to collect, organize and analyze qualitative data such as focus groups, interviews, open-ended survey questions, observational data, documents (media, email, letters), photographs, audio or video. Charlotte Clark is a certified trainer in NVivo software and teaches qualitative research methods in the NSOE. She held a training session on the use of this software. Click here to view the recording of this training session. You can also find some great QSR tutorials here. There is also a follow up session, “Introduction to Analyzing Text in NVivo“, which teaches the fundamentals of NVivo for textual sources of information. Specifically, it covers how to import, analyze, and perform basic queries on transcribed interviews/focus groups, web data, and PDFs.
  • EndNote – EndNote is powerful reference management software designed to keep track of citations and format bibliographies.  EndNote helps you import references into a document as you write it and then format your paper according to thousands of styles, including Turabian, MLA, APA, and Chicago 15th. EndNote tutorials are available through the Duke Library.  You can also contact the DEL Librarian for help with EndNote here.

Helpful Links

  • Online study tools, including flashcards and games.
  • Realtimeboard:Online whiteboard and collaboration tool. Good for group brainstorming.
  • Popplet: Online idea organization and collaboration tool. Good for idea organization and group projects.