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Resources to Help You do Research Better. Mark Czajkowski. When can programs help you?. Managing references and journal papers Create a database of sources Theoretical calculations (equations) Simulations Post processing. Mathematica.

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Resources to help you do research better
Resources to Help You do Research Better

Mark Czajkowski

When can programs help you
When can programs help you?

  • Managing references and journal papers

    • Create a database of sources

  • Theoretical calculations (equations)

  • Simulations

  • Post processing


  • is the premier all-purpose mathematical software package. It integrates swift and accurate symbolic and numerical calculation, all-purpose graphics, and a powerful programming language

  • Available to all faculty and students

  • Download from Information Technology Services (ITS)



  • a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation

  • Available to Faculty and RA’s and TA’s for Research or Class

  • Installation Instructions

Microsoft office
Microsoft Office

  • Word, Excel, Powerpoint, …

  • Available on research computers

  • Ask ITS to install or download from


  • The most advanced post-processor on the market, take your visualizations to new extremes...

  • 20 floating licenses available for research use

  • Contact Mark Czajkowski for more information

Ansys fluent
Ansys (Fluent)

  • delivers advanced technology in all key simulation areas

  • Academic Version (limited number of nodes) is available to all students in computer lab

  • Currently, John Daily has 5 seats of Fluent Research Edition


  • SolidWorks 3D design software can help you design better products faster.

  • Available to all students in computer lab


Reference managers
Reference Managers

  • Zotero

  • Papers

Papers an apple application
Papers: an Apple Application

  • Comprehensive application streamlines references workflow

  • Functionality

    • Download, with all citation metadata

    • Store, sort, highlight PDFs in one location

    • Create archives

    • Read full screen

    • Multiple search and database repositories

    • Export to Bibtex, Endnote, Bookends, Word2008, XML, etc.

  • 30-day trial for any Apple computer

    • $40 full license; $25 with student discount


  • Advantages

    • Works with all operating systems (windows, mac, linux)

    • Free program

    • Organizes references into personal database

    • Accessible from any computer with Zotero installed

    • Database communicates easily with LaTeX

  • Disadvantages

    • Requires browser

    • Not quite as streamlined as Papers when downloading pdfs


  • Browser

    • Find journal articles, books, etc. using EngineeringVillage, ScienceDirect, Chinook, etc.

    • Export citations as Bibtex file

  • Use Bibtex file directly in Latex document (or Word document)

Zotero with jabref
Zotero with Jabref

  • Jabref

    • Reference manager

    • Allows you to easily copy cite key into Latex documents


  • a high-quality typesetting system

  • Free software, available for download from the internet

  • Recommended frontends

    • Mac: TeXShop, texmaker

    • Windows: TeXnicCenter

    • Linux: Kile

  • Thesis template and information


  • Cheat Sheet


Example working with
Example working with:

  • Zotero, Jabref, and Latex