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Software for Digital Scholarship

Information about DiSC-supported software for the collection, processing, analysis or display of numeric, text, or geospatial data

Qualtrics is an online survey tool that is very popular with researchers because of the combination of power and ease of use. It has many tools for branching and randomization and can output data as a fully-labeled SPSS file (in addition to standard Excel and csv). If you do not know what software to use, you can contact the Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) at to discuss the various options.

Access to Qualtrics

George Mason University has a university-wide license for Qualtrics. All students, faculty, and staff are allowed an account, but access is managed locally (either school, department, center, or other unit). DiSC does not control or administer Qualtrics accounts or licenses.

To get an account, find the contact person for your unit at Qualtrics Administrators (ITS). 

Why Choose Qualtrics?


  • Very easy to get started and use
  • Surveys look nice, lots of customization (including CSS)
  • Can add special features with Javascript within questions
  • Follows best practices by default
  • Easy to implement advanced features including randomization, carry forward choices, and loop and merge


  • Does not natively support data entry or longitudinal studies, though data can be entered
  • Not available to everybody, some features have an extra cost
  • Data is stored on Qualtrics' server,

Learn Qualtrics

Learn Qualtrics in 1 hour

Selected Videos from XM basecamp  series Learn to Use Qualtrics for Research. You will need to sign-in to your Qualtrics account. 

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