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Academic Software

To learn more about the academic software offered to members of the Fordham University community, click on the desired software below. For a full list of available software resources, consult the Software Resources and Downloads page.

If you have any questions about software access or installation, contact IT Customer Care.

Document Conversion Tool


SensusAccess is an automated document conversion service for creating alternate media. The tool is especially useful for those who need a particular format for screen readers and other accessible technology tools.  

To access the service, log into My.Fordham, go to My Apps, click on the “Document Conversion Tool” link, and follow the upload instructions.

SensusAccess converts readings, slides, and lecture notes into an alternative format, including doc, PDF, MP3, eb, digital Braille, and more. Using optical character recognition (OCR), SensusAccess can also convert into alternative formats scanned PDF documents, images of text captured with a smartphone, and PowerPoint. Bear in mind that only high-quality input will result in high-quality output.

For more information, view the video overview of SensusAccess.


Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft 365

Thanks to Fordham University's agreement with Microsoft, all Fordham faculty and staff are eligible to download up to 5 copies of Microsoft Office 365 to their personal computers and other devices. For more information go to Fordham's Microsoft Office 365 page.

This automatically updatable, subscription-based software ensures that you always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office tools. Outlook Exchange is not included.

Plagiarism Prevention Software


SafeAssign helps prevent plagiarism by identifying whether a paper contains a high percentage of unoriginal material and help locate the source.

If students know their teacher uses plagiarism detection tools, that in and of itself can deter plagiarism. Assignments that require original thought and critical thinking cannot easily be purchased or copied.

SafeAssign is located in Blackboard. Your AccessIT ID username and password are required to use the tool.

SafeAssign support from Blackboard.

Research and Bibliography Software


EndNote is reference management software used to create bibliographies and manage references in academic writing. Fordham University students, staff and faculty can download the software from the link below at no cost.

Download EndNote X9 Software

Millions of researchers, academics, writers, students, and librarians use EndNote to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, and create scholarly bibliographies. EndNote is available for Windows and Mac computers, as well as for the iPad.

More information, including training material, can be found at EndNote.

For endnote support at Fordham, visit one of our Faculty Technology Centers or email


Zotero is a web-based bibliographic management tool designed to help researchers collect, manage, store and share information as well as create citations and bibliographies. Zotero is a free download extension for the Firefox web-browser. It runs in its own pane within Firefox, separately from web pages. Zotero does not require a subscription, so researchers who do not have an Access IT username and password may use Zotero. (Please note, the library currently only supports RefWorks.)

Learn more about Zotero.

Survey Software


The Qualtrics Research Suite is a web-based survey tool that Fordham IT provides for free to all Fordham students, faculty, and staff at  This robust and professional survey system, designed for academic and business research, allows users to easily design and implement surveys and provides many tools to evaluate the results.  As such, it is a standard for many universities.

If you are new to Qualtrics or want to get an overview of the software, please review these "Getting Started" tutorials.

Login Information

Qualtrics is integrated with Fordham’s single sign-on system, so your login information is the same Fordham AccessIT ID and password you use to access your Fordham email and the portal.

New Users
If you are a first time user, to create your account, simply go to, login with your AccessIT ID and password, and click “I don’t have a Qualtrics account.”  A new account will then be created for you.

Returning Users
If you are a returning user (perhaps having used the system before via GSAS, GBA or GSSS), your old account will need to be merged with the new system so you can login via single sign-on while still accessing your old files.  To do so, go to, login with your AccessIT ID and password, and click “I already have a Qualtrics account.”  You will then be prompted to enter your old username and password and click “Migrate Account.”  A new account will then be created for you. If you do not remember your old username and password for the migration, please contact IT Customer Care.

Support Information

A full list of Qualtrics support topics can be found here.

Qualtrics is an internet-based software that works on PCs & Macs and is supported on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.

Qualtrics accepts data from other survey services, such as Survey Monkey. The instructions here detail how to download the data as a .csv file, edit the format, and import. 

Tutorials, webinars and help documentation are available from Qualtrics as part of Qualtrics University.

Fordham’s Qualtrics license includes both email and phone support. If you have questions about how to use Qualtrics or experience technical difficulties, please contact Qualtrics directly by calling 1(800) 340-9194 (recommended) or emailing  Help is available 24/7 via Qualtrics.

If you need assistance logging in, sharing surveys, creating and managing groups, or changing survey ownership, please contact IT Customer Care.