Tools und software for your studies and research
The tools and software presented here are free of charge, at least in their basic version.
Are you missing a specific tool for your studies or research? Do you have questions regarding the tools presented below? Just let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Analysis, statistics, graphics and data management
The R Project for Statistical Computing
R is a powerful and free software environment and programming language for statistical computing and graphics.
ANACONDA data science platform
Anaconda package manager and environment manager for Python and R: Anaconda is a free, multi-functional toolset for data science applications. It facilitates package management of Python and R libraries and enables the effective use of programming environments and software packages.
KNIME is a multi-functional tool for data analysis and visualization. It is easy to use due to its graphical interface.
LaTeX is a text processing software which allows for clean formatting and embedding formula in your text. Especially useful for writing research articles in the exact sciences.
Plagscan is a plagiarism checker tool, which can be accessed via Campus account. It is able to scan all common file formats for potential plagiarisms.
Literature search tools for the sciences
Here, we provide an overview of relevant tools, i.e., literature search websites, for finding literature in the sciences.
Reference management software
These computer programs assist you in literature reference management and citation:
*Full version: members of University of Bern use their Campus-Licence (Citavi) or get discout for licences in the softwareshop.
Courses in reference management offered by the University Library can be found here.
Useful links for Open Science and open access journals
Distinguish yourself in research! ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique identifier for academic authors.
The Altmetric-Plugin allows you to easily display altmetric data for electronic articles that have a DOI. Using the Altmetric Explorer you can get detailed information about the online dissemination of research at article, author, group and institutional level.
- The different tools of Altmetric are shown here.
- Use the Altmetric Explorer here.
- A recent screencast about Altmetric is avalable here (Coffee Lecture from November 2021).
Use Prezi to easily create innovative and interactive presentations online.
Netvibes allows you to customize your web starting page with your personal RSS web feeds and more: "Your Personal Dashboard. See everything that’s happening: News, social media, favorite websites, apps and smart devices, all in one Dashboard."
Diigo is a bookmarking tool for collecting and managing websites, notes, pictures, and links.
Toodledo helps you to establish to-do-lists and to take notes: "Toodledo is a flexible and multi-functional tool that will improve your productivity."
These programs are helpful to collect, order and easily refind your notes, documents or pictures: