Student Toolbox

Erica Gallis, left, presents her research at the Summer 2012 forum.

What's in this toolbox?

Presentation resources

  • Our Quick Guide to Creating poster presentations for professional audiences
  • Check Events for upcoming Poster Making Workshops.
  • SP@RC Lab prints posters for free and hosts poster workshop.
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Research Ethics


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Research Software and Training

  • Mason's IT Training offers software workshops to students, faculty, and staff.
  • The Virtual Computing Lab provides access to a variety of software packages, including MS Office and Statistical packages (e.g Matlab, SAS, SPSS, and others). Use your Mason ID and login to make a reservation from any computer.
  • School of Management research lab, in Enterprise Hall Room 176, gives students 24 hour access to twelve Bloomberg Terminals for both training and student research projects.
  • The Mason Innovation Lab (Enterprise Hall Room 278) is a collaborative space for students and faculty to work together on entrepreneurial projects.
  • The Mason MIX Lab provides 3D printers, classes, and other resources for students to to use for their projects. 
  • Prezi is a free website students can use for research presentations.
  • Zotero is a Mason-developed bibliographic management tool that lets your organize your resources, share them with others, and create citations and bibliographies directly in your written work.
  • Bamboo Dirt is "a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use."  Most are free, and they range from data analysis, mind mapping, to transcription and publication.
  • Social Explorer is an NSF-supported tool to visually explore US demography through US Census and other data.
  • Lynda.gmu.edu. Mason has partnered with lynda.com to provide free and unlimited online training to Mason students, faculty, and staff. An online subscription library, lynda.com offers more than 2,000 videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video editing and production, animation, and web design and development. New courses are added weekly. Access the lynda.com library 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone—using your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass password. Below are some recommended playlists for students, faculty and staff.


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Library Resources

  • Infoguides. Your first stop to all references on your project.
  • Did you know there is a librarian at Mason trained in understanding the materials in your field of study? Subject librarians are a fantastic resource, and students are invited to contact them. 
  • Data Services. Data Services provides help with finding, getting, and using statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data. They also offer consultation services and training in most things data-related including: software help, assistance with data analysis and survey design, data management, and data management plans.
  • Mason Libraries holds a variety of very helpful research workshops. Check them out before you get too deep into your project - you don't want to be saying, "I wish I'd known that earlier!"

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Safety Procedures


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Related Resources


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