Research Software

This page provides links and information on software available to USC faculty, staff, and students for research purposes.


ATLAS.ti is qualitative data analysis (QDA) software that allows users to locate, code, and annotate findings in text-based and multimedia data and visualize the complex relationships between these data.

Bioinformatics Software and Databases

Norris Medical Library (NML) on the Health Sciences campus offers bioinformatics services including software, consulting, and training for the USC research community without charges. For information on the bioinformatic software and databases provided by NML, see the Bioinformatic Software website at


Dimensions is a linked research data platform that the USC Office of Research has licensed for the benefit of our research community. It is available, for free, to all USC faculty, staff, and students. Dimensions helps you search and compare research grants, patents, clinical trials and publications by topic and keyword, drawing from many sources. For more information and to access Dimentsions, go to

EndNote Citation Management

Endnote software is available for purchase through the USC Bookstore. Web-based EndNote Online citation management software is free to USC affiliates through the USC Libraries. For information on purchasing EndNote, call the USC Bookstore at 213-740-7692 or order online at For information on accessing and using EndNote Online, see the USC Libraries guide:

Geospatial Software from Esri

The Spatial Sciences Institute at Dornsife offers geospatial software from Esri. For information on how to purchase or access this software, see the Spatial Sciences Institute website at

ITS-Supported Statistical Software

ITS offers SAS, Stata, SPSS, and JMP statistical software packages. Information on this software can be found at A USC Libraries LibGuide with additional information resources on using statistical software can be found at


Mathematica is a comprehensive technical-computing environment that allows users to work easily with numerical, symbolic and graphical information and data. Mathematica is currently available on the UNIX, Mac OS, and Windows platforms. Information on Mathematica can be found on the ITS website at


MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive computing environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran. Information on MATLAB can be found on the ITS website at


NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package designed for researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis are required.


REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a free, secure, web-based application designed for rapidly developing databases and surveys for research studies. For more information on REDCap, see

Refworks Citation Management

The USC Libraries offer access to the web-based citation management software, RefWorks, to all USC faculty, staff, and students. For information on accessing and using RefWorks, see the RefWorks LibGuide at

Research Collaboration Software

The Digital USC website provides a variety of online tools and resources for use by the USC research community. For information on the resources provided by Digital USC, see