Raynor Memorial Libraries offers more than 1.8 million volumes, hundreds of research databases, computer access, laptops on loan, a multimedia
collection, group study spaces, 24-hour access and library staff members who help researchers from around the world.
What if the library does not have the software I need to use?
Many software companies offer free trials to try out their products. For class assignments, a particular software may only be used for a short period
of time. A trial version can often offer full usage of the software for your assignments.
There are also many open source software downloads becoming available which can offer cheaper and no-cost alternatives to more expensive software. These
programs are often also referred to as freeware.
Below is a list of software trials and downloads that may be useful. Click on each software name to go to their homepage to find out more details about the
trial length of time, hardware requirements, and other information.
This software cannot be downloaded onto library computers and is instead for use on your own personal computer.
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Inspiration® is the essential visual thinking and learning tool students rely on to plan, research and complete projects successfully. With the
integrated Diagram and Outline Views, learners create graphic organizers and expand topics into writing.
Microsoft Office 365 contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Skype for Business, InfoPath, and OneDrive for Business. The
software is cloud-based and is available via http://office.mu.edu Your CheckMarq / eMarq credentials are required.
Microsoft Office Visio 365 is cloud-based software for IT and business professionals to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. While
built on the Office 365 platform it is not included in Marquette's Office 365 subscription.
These "learning management systems" provide calendar, assignment, grading, and quiz functionality and are often implemented just for these
practical benefits. They can also enable discussion forums, chat, instant messaging, and wiki capability.
Now called Apache OpenOffice. OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics,
databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format
and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as
DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Can be used on Windows or Mac computers.