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Free software tools support learning

Queen’s University provides all students, faculty and staff, with free access to an impressive suite of productivity tools, including:

  • Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus: Stay on top of your assignments and collaborate with others using the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive for Business (5 TB of free storage per student), Skype for Business, Teams, Planner, Forms, To-Do, and more.
  • EndNote: Use this powerful research and reference manager to automatically build bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.
  • Windows 10 Education: This version of Windows offers advanced features including additional privacy and encryption settings, and anti-malware protection through Windows Defender.
  • NVivo: Organize and analyze data such as interviews, field notes, audiovisual material and journal articles.
  • SPSS: This IBM product makes the analytical process easier, from planning to data collection, analysis, reporting and deployment.
  • Maple: This software combines a powerful math engine with an interface that makes it easy to analyze, explore, visualize and solve mathematical problems.
  • SAS: Perform large scale business functions such as data warehousing, data mining and human resources management.
  • MATLAB: Analyze data, develop algorithms, create models and more.
  • ArcGIS: Use tools for mapping and spatial reasoning to explore data and share location-based insights.

The entire listing of available software and information on how to get support is available on the IT Services website.

Data security

“Your data has value and you need to protect it,” says Jennifer Doyle, Chief Information Officer for IT Services.

Here are a few tips on safeguarding your information:

  • Never share your NetID credentials
  • Learn to recognize phishing (a form of identity theft)
  • Report suspicious emails to abuse@queenus.ca
  • Be aware of the access you provide to other users. Learn how to set OneDrive folder permissions to ensure classmates and peers have access to only the folders and files you want to share.
  • Subscribe to anti-malware protection; Windows Defender is included in the Windows 10 Education package. Other protection packages are also available online at no charge.

How to get support

IT Services provides many self-help tutorials and learning resources. You can also get help in person on campus, online or by telephone at 613-533-6666.

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