Research tools

Some of the tools and services listed here are only available for staff and research students of the Faculty of Business and Law. If you cannot access restricted links please contact your supervisor or the Research Manager to gain access.


Deakin Software Library

The University provides access to a range of software products to support research, which are listed on the Deakin Software Library page. These include statistical software products such as SPSS, Amos and QPR Nvivo, and Teaching and Learning software products such as EndNote.


Qualtrics is an online survey research package. It can be used for both sophisticated (randomisation designs, choice analysis, etc.) and simple online surveys. It comes with training modules and good facilities to manage email lists and survey requests. It outputs data in a variety of formats, including fully labelled SPSS .sav files and Excel. It can also produce simple reports with graphics. Our licence does not cover the recruitment of respondents, but Qualtrics can use any list you upload or can survey respondents send from a survey panel. It is available to all Faculty staff and HDR students. Each person can set up multiple surveys.

The license for Qualtrics is held by the Faculty. Please contact for details.


SAS is a software suite developed by the SAS Institute for advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management and predictive analytics.

Staff and research students in the Faculty of Business and Law have access to a range of SAS support including eLearning modules here.


Leximancer is a content analysis tool developed by the University of Queensland in Brisbane. The software is used to calculate the frequency and co-occurrence of important concepts within text documents. The information is displayed on a conceptual map that is linked to a text browser, allowing users to search through the documents in order to explore instances of the concepts and their interrelations.  Tutorials and other support is available from the Leximancer website.

A licence for Leximancer is held by the Faculty. Please contact for details.


STATA is a general-purpose statistical analysis package. Its capabilities include a broad range of statistical analyses, plus data management, graphics, simulations, and custom programming. For more see STATA features.

STATA comes with 23 volumes of PDF documentation containing more than 12,000 pages of information that include quick starts, detailed examples, calculation formulas and references to the literature. In addition to the documentation, many questions about STATA are also answered on the frequently asked questions page. Access the documentation here.

Access support and training, including video tutorials here.

Contact for access details.

Library resources

Deakin's library offers extensive support to research staff and students, including the assistance of


    Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources, covering Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences.
  • ISI Web of Science
    The Web of Knowledge interface hosts the following databases: Web of Science, Current Contents Connect, Journal Citation Reports, Food Science & Technology Abstracts and Biosis Previews.
  • SAGE Research Methods
    SAGE Research Methods is a tool to support your research needs as you design, select and apply a method. Containing over 100,000 pages of book, journal and reference content from leading SAGE authors, SRMO supports independent researchers at all levels.
  • Springerlink
    SpringerLink provides access to the electronic journal publications. Subjects include: Education, Geography, Humanities, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Social Sciences. Springer publishes in all areas of science. Full text is only available for the journals to which Deakin University subscribes.
  • Wiley Online
    Online journals in the subject areas of Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine and Healthcare, Physics and Astronomy, Polymers and Materials Science, Psychology, Social Sciences.

For more databases relevant databases for your discipline areas at the Library Resource Guides

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