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Jesus College: Useful tools


Black surface covered with various coloured pens, paperclips and a yellow square sticky note in the middleThe university provides many resources, some you may not know about and haven't been covered by this guide elsewhere. Here are the ones that we find useful and feel would be useful to you throughout your studies. We will add more as we think of them!

If you need help with using any of these tools, or others, current members of the college can contact our Academic Services Librarian, Sarah Burton. She can sit down with you, virtually or in person, and give you an introduction or go through them in more depth.

For a list of study skills books, take a look at this online collection.

If you have any particular tools you use that you would like to recommend, let us know.


CamGuides are very useful to you as they are introduce you to studying at Cambridge, but they are useful throughout your studies. Covering what to expect before and during your course, they are designed to demystify studying here and help you develop your academic skills. There are separate guides for undergraduate, master's and PhD students.

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Whether you need to do a simple poll, gather feedback, or build a complex survey for market research, Qualtrics does nearly all the hard work for you. It is free to all members of the University of Cambridge. Qualtrics provides you with much more than the free software you can find on the open web. It is intuitive and can be easily customised to create the exact survey you want.

Qualtrics offers:

  • An unlimited number of questions and responses
  • Over 100 different question types (including cool tools like heat maps and sliders!)
  • Ability to share and collaborate
  • In-depth results analysis
  • Data management

You can create a Qualtrics account with UIS. Use your Raven credentials to create the account (your email) and your Raven password.

Visit the UIS help page on creating surveys in Qualtrics >

For further support, you can email them at There is also excellent support on the Qualtrics website, with video tutorials and an extensive help section. Qualtrics’ Basic Overview Guides are an excellent starting point.

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