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Software & Equipment
scholars' collaborative tools guide

The Scholars’ Collaborative uses a variety of tools and platforms for digital scholarship. Our Scholars’ Collaborative Online Tools Guide has a list of programs and software we regularly use.

Library Software & Equipment

The University Libraries offer a range of software and equipment for scholars at our different locations:

  • The Scholars’ Collaborative has a limited amount of high quality video and audio production equipment available for checkout for research purposes. Reservations are required for this equipment.
    (Note, students looking to checkout equipment should visit the Equipment Checkout Desk in Hodges Library)
  • The Studio is the Libraries media production and design lab with a staffed help desk located in Hodges Library Commons South. The studio includes:
    • Media editing and design computers with a variety of input equipment including scanners
    • Audio recording rooms with microphones, keyboards, and audio interfaces
    • A video production room with backdrops and equipment
    • A VR room with an HTC Vive Pro 2
    • Poster printing services
  • GIS workstations with ArcGIS Pro and data packages installed.
  • Equipment Checkout in Hodges Library Commons South offers everything from laptops to cameras.
  • Experience Point Lab, (Hodges 253) supports classes involving gaming design and graphics-intensive work.
  • Pendergrass Library offers 3D printing and poster printing services.

Featured Tools

People in the Scholars’ Collaborative use a variety of tools and platforms. Visit our Tools Guide for a list of tools we regularly use. Below are a few of our favorites.


Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog.

Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis environment. It’s designed to make it easy for you to work with your own text or collection of texts in a variety of formats, including plain text, HTML, XML, PDF, RTF, and MS Word. You can also work with an existing collection of texts like Shakespeare.

UT Affiliates interested in free virtual (self-paced) GIS training with ESRI software (ESRI Virtual Campus) can choose from a list of courses.  After selecting a course(s), please email Eric Arnold, GIS Specialist, who will send you course codes with instructions. Please use your UTK email address when emailing.


The DMPTool lets you create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. With 30 different funder requirements built in, it walks you through the DMP requirements step by step and you can export it to submit with your grant application.

The Open Sandbox

Join us for an exploration of open source digital research tools. Workshops are open to all.

The Open Sandbox is an exploration of open source digital research tools.