Software and Tools

Using the right tool can make your research process more efficient. You are always welcome to discuss which tool best meet your specific needs. A list of widely used tools is presented below. These resources can be of help in different parts of the research process. 

A majority of the programs are freely available or are free for Lund University employees. Some programs are available via Software Center, in other cases you may need to contact the IT unit for more information on how to install them.

Campus Licensed

  • EndNote: Reference Management Program
  • Excel: Programme for working with spreadsheats.
  • Filemaker Pro: Tool for building databases (yearly fee/person)
  • Mindjet: Mind mapping software to be used for project managing, brainstorming, event planning, etc.
  • Nvivo: Tool for analyzing qualitative data.
  • SPSS: Programme for working with statistical data (yearly fee/person)

Open Source/free

  • Collectica for excel: Easy way to create better metadata to your excel spreadsheets (free- and pay version available)
  • CLAN: Free programme for transcribing and analysing spoken language (available via Software Center).
  • Gephi: Open source software for visualization and network analysis.
  • QGIS: Open source geographic information system
  • OpenRefine: Open source tool for cleaning and transforming data.
  • Transkribus: Transcription and text recognition platform
  • Tropy: Organise and annotate your research photos
  • Voyant: Web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.

Available for a fee

  • Express Scribe: Transcription tool
  • Scrivener: Word processing program.
  • Transana: Tools for transcription and the analysis of video, image, text, audio and survey data.

The Humanities Lab offer both longer courses and shorter tutorials on some of the tools frequently used at the lab. They also have a number of handy written guides.


The Humanities Lab offers courses and a series of group tutorials.

The Programming Historian

Tutorials to a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows for research and teaching.
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