Helpful resources and packages

Massey University is committed  to ensuring that support, training, and resources are available to help staff develop a community of best practice and students reach their fullest potential. 

Please note: This is a list of potential resources that may be of assistance, including links to their websites and software systems.  It is not an endorsement of any one particular service or tool.  Where possible, Massey University supported options have been identified.

Research resources

Research Professional

Massey University subscribes to Research Professional, an International online database of research funding opportunities for research, travel, fellowships, conference attendance etc. The default setting is that when logging in as part of the Massey University network that all funding opportunities in the database are eligibility verified for New Zealand based researchers.

With Research Professional all Massey University staff and PhD students can:

  • Customise and save funding opportunity searches
  • Receive email alerts when your search has been updated
  • Share searches, opportunities and news items with groups and colleagues

Using Research Professional allows access to:

  • Information on thousands of funding opportunities for all disciplines to which New Zealand institutions are eligible to apply;
  • Accurate, detailed and timely reporting of national and international funding opportunities;
  • Customisable email alerts and calendars of funding opportunity deadlines.
  • Helpful 2-3 minute YouTube videos explaining how to use Research Professional.
  • Benefits of customised saved searches and including regular email updates.

Research Professional is fast and easy to use on campus as a guest from any Massey University computer. To save your funding opportunity searches, or to access Research Professional off campus, you will need to register for an account. Go to the Research Professional website and click the Register link (you need to register while on campus).

Visit the Research Professional website for more information and to search for funding opportunities.

If you need assistance using Research Professional the Research Development Advisory team can assist.


Developing Your Researcher Profile

The following can all be found here:

There is also:

Collaborative Writing/Sharing

  • My Portfolio
    Free Massey University supported software.  A personal learning environment to record and showcase evidence of achievement, manage development plans, set goals, and create online learning communities. Excellent opportunity for Doctoral candidates to create and share thesis with supervisor/s.

  • DropBox 
    synch, upload and share your documents easily

  • Google Drive 
    similar to Dropbox, can edit documents in google drive (only the Google document formats)

  • Penflip 
    a very simple web service to write group projects, easy to track changes of each document

  • Evernote 
    note taking software, can create notebooks and collaborate with other authors

  • Trello 
    organize projects into boards, members can collaborate, assign tasks, track progress via different functions provided by Trello

  • Kona 
    file sharing, online scheduling, task management in one space

  • Zoho projects 
    powerful online project management service

  • Overleaf 
    Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier especially for traditionally non-LaTeX users.

Focus Writing

  • FocusWriter 
    Free open source writer app, goes into full screen when writing, can customize background and typing sounds, etc.

  • ZenWriter 
    similar function, not free

  • Ommwriter 
    similar function, supports Markdown input, not free

  • Writer 
    online focus writing tool, cloud saving, texts can be exported into different document formats

  • StayFocusd 
    Google Chrome app, limits time you spend on time-wasting sites like Twitter

     Mind Mapping/Brainstorming

  • Mohiomap
    visualizes what's in your Evernote and Dropbox, can create dynamic maps that visualize the connections between documents in your Dropbox and in your Evernote·        

  • FreeMind 
    a highly customizable, free mind mapping software
  • Coggle 
    online mind mapping tool, free to use, can collaborate with others in creating mind map, can track changes, supports Markdown input
  • XMind
    mind mapping software, a free version and a pro version
  • Mindjet 
    said to be the best mind mapping tool, but not free

Reference/Data Collection/Survey Tools

  • Endnote 
    Massey University supported system (via Library) available to download from here, and the library runs a series of workshops on how to use it: workshops

  • Zotero 
    useful research tool to quickly save online data into your personal library, also able to obtain reference information (for citations) from some webpages

  • Evernote webclipper 
    easily save webpages in various formats, but unlike Zotero, it cannot generate reference information

Survey Tools

  • Massey University has a subscription to Qualtrics which gives staff and students free access to the Qualtrics Research Suite. The web-based survey tool makes it easy to build, design, and share surveys of varying complexity for research purposes.

  • Qualtrics can be accessed using any web browser on any computer or mobile device. To use Qualtrics, visit the Massey Qualtrics portal at and login using your username and password.

  • Further information about available support, training, and policies governing the use of research tools may be read here.

The following are non-Massey University supported tools that may result in a fee:

  • Survey Monkey
    Well known easy to use Survey builder. We’ve got you covered. Create any type of survey—from simple to sophisticated—with our powerful and easy-to-use survey builder.
  • Zoomerang
    not quite as intuitive as SurveyMonkey, and it can be more difficult to learn. However, between the two basic versions, Zoomerang does offer more extensive reporting.
  • SurveyGizmo
    offers basic piping, fully customizable survey look and feel, and the ability to embed images and videos hosted on your own website. But many more features missing in free version.

  • LimeSurvey
    It requires a webserver, but actually is easy to set up.

High Performance Computing (NeSI)

High performance computing (HPC), sometimes known as supercomputing, is available for New Zealand researchers. It has two roles. The first is is to greatly boost investigators’ ability to tackle large, difficult problems. The second is to enable current research to be carried out much faster.

NeSI's HPC facilities are the country's most powerful computers for scientific computing. NeSI enables New Zealand researchers to investigate scientific problems that were previously impossible. With access to both the country's most powerful computers for scientific computing and expertise of international calibre, researchers greatly increase the speed and size of processing their scientific workloads.

Applications are done through the NeSI website (Apply for access).

Once application is completed, please contact Massey's System Engineer, Patrick Rynhart @

Digital tools for researchers

Connected Researchers provides a collection of digital tools that are designed to help researchers explore the millions of research articles available to date. Search engines and curators help you to quickly find the articles you are interested in and stay up to date with the literature. Article visualization tools enhance your reading experience, for instance, by helping you navigate from a paper to another. 

Research systems (Staff only)

THe two systems below underpin research activity for staff members at Massey University.  Symplectic is the output repository and evidence system for research, and RIMS is the project management system for research.


Symplectic Elements stores information on academic outputs and produces reports which can be used to represent PBRF Evidence Portfolios. This system is easy to use and has features that will simplify the entry of academic outputs. It is able to retrieve data held in publication databases and automatically load them into the author profiles (Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, ArXiv and DBLP) and is able to retrieve data on books from Google Books as well as import data held in EndNote or ProCites databases.  For more information please visit the following webpage. 

Login using your MU credentials - 


The Research Information Management System used at Massey University to help staff with tracking, processing and administering research projects.

Software packages

(Available to Massey University staff and students)

  1. NViVO/ NViVO training guides available
  2. SPSS
  3. SAS
  4. EndNote