Frequently Asked Questions

How do I learn computing and software skills?

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Take advantage of in-person workshops, self-paced online courses, video tutorials, or online books or one-on-one consultations when available. UVa offers a number of resources to help you learn various software programs beyond what is offered in the Health Sciences Library.

Resources

Basic computing, Office software (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Access)

  • Online courses through UVA's subscription to Lynda.com
  • Online Microsoft courses through the UVA Health System's Learning Management System - begin here
  • Online courses by SkillSoft through the UVA Health System's Learning Management System - begin here
    • Once logged in, click on Catalog, then Desktop Curricula, then choose your topic.
  • E-books through Safari Online

Computing for Data Analysis (e.g. Unix, Python, R, Matlab, SPSS, STATA, etc)

Qualitative Analysis (e.g. NVivo)

Bioinformatics

(Bioconductor, MySQL, Galaxy, Oncomine, Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, Gene Set Enrichment Analysis, pathway databases (Gene Ontology, KEGG, etc.), genomics resources (UCSC, Ensembl), genomics tools (bowtie, tophat, cufflinks, limma, bioconductor, plink, gatk, picard, galaxy, DESeq, R, eigenstrat, locuszoom, etc).

Data mining, visualization, graphing (e.g. data acquisition, image analysis)

Data Management (e.g. Data Management Plan Creation, Data Documentation, Metadata)

Scientific publishing tools (e.g. LaTeX, Open Access advising)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Cluster and high performance computing needs

Database design and software (e.g. Access, FileMaker Pro)

Webpage creation (e.g. Dreamweaver, Flash)

Resources by provider

Help

Additional assistance is available to UVA Health System faculty, staff, and students. Just Ask Us - we are happy to provide help via email, phone, or in-person.

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