External Tools & Resources

Last updated March 04, 2024

While The Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) offers user guides and workshops specific to its systems, there are many other online resources that are useful for improving programming skills and gaining a deeper understanding of research computing.

In addition to the following resources, CARC staff also regularly post resources and tips on our user forum and in our monthly newsletter.

Click each of the categories below to expand the section and view the list of resources and tools.

→ Workshops and events Software Carpentry

Software Carpentry is a great resource for learning essential skills related to research computing. The organization offers in-person and online workshops that teach lessons on Unix, Git, and programming languages. The learning materials for these workshops are made available for free on their website. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

All USC faculty, staff, and students have free access to LinkedIn Learning’s online training and development content using their USC NetID. The content offerings cover a wide range of topics, including technology and programming.

For more information on LinkedIn Learning, see https://itservices.usc.edu/linkedin-learning/. USC Office of Research events

The USC Office of Research maintains a calendar of research-related events taking place at USC.

Event calendar: https://research.usc.edu/events/. USC Libraries Data and Visualization Workshops

USC Library for International and Public Affairs offers a variety of workshops, events, and other outreach programming focusing on data, visualization, tools, software, government information and collections.

For more information on USC Libraries workshops, see https://libguides.usc.edu/datavizworkshops. edX

Founded by MIT and Harvard, edX is a nonprofit organization that offers online courses from 140 higher education institutions. edX features both paid and no-cost courses that can be used to earn professional certificates and university credit.

For more information on edX, see https://www.edx.org/. ACCESS (formerly XSEDE)

The Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS) program is an NSF-funded virtual organization that integrates and coordinates the sharing of advanced research computing services - including supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources - with researchers nationally to support science.

ACCESS regularly offers free webinars and workshops. Check out their events calendar for more information. MathWorks events

MathWorks offers many free MATLAB and Simulink events both in-person and virtually. Courses are offered in self-paced and live formats.

To view upcoming workshops, webinars, and conferences, see https://www.mathworks.com/company/events.html?s_tid=gn_ev.

→ Documentation Slurm documentation

CARC uses the Slurm job scheduling system for its computing cluster. In addition to our Running Jobs user guide, official Slurm documentation can be found here. Programming language documentation

Below are links to the official documentation pages for CARC’s most commonly used programming languages.





→ Software and project tools Project Jupyter

Project Jupyter offers open source software, including the JupyterLab IDE and the Jupyter Notebook document sharing web application.

For more information, see https://jupyter.org/index.html. Globus research data management

Globus is a research data management service that provides a relatively simple and reliable way to access and move research data between systems with faster transfer speeds than tools such as SFTP and Rsync.

For more information, see https://www.globus.org/. Also see our Transferring Files Using Globus user guide. Qualtrics XM

Qualtrics XM offers a suite of tools for creating survey solutions to collect feedback about the customer, employee, product, and brand experience.

For more information, see https://usc.ca1.qualtrics.com/Q/MyProjectsSection.

→ Research collaboration resources ORCID

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from other researchers. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.

For more information, see https://orcid.org/. Open Science Framework (OSF)

The Open Science Framework is a database of projects, data, materials, and collaborators that can be used to further your own research.

For more information, see https://osf.usc.edu/.

→ Publication tools Academia publication sharing

Academia is an online platform for sharing academic research papers. You can upload your own publications, read papers, and connect with other researchers worldwide.

For more information, see https://www.academia.edu/. Scalar publishing

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital content online.

For more information, see https://scalar.me/anvc/scalar/. Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

PKP is a multi-university initiative developing free, open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. PKP offers software for journal management, book publishing, academic conferences, and more.

For more information, see https://pkp.sfu.ca/. Creative Commons licensing

Creative Commons offers tools to help share your work in a simple, standardized way. Creative Commons copyright licenses are free and easy to use.

For more information, see https://creativecommons.org/. ScienceOpen

ScienceOpen is a platform for scholars to enhance their research with context building services, advanced search and discovery functions, and post-publication peer review, recommendation, social sharing, and collection-building.

For more information, see https://www.scienceopen.com/.

→ Online catalogues and libraries USC Digital Repository

The USC Digital Repository draws upon the extensive resources of USC, particularly USC Libraries, the USC Shoah Foundation, and USC Information Technology Services.

For more information, see https://repository.usc.edu/. USC Digital Library

The USC Digital Library helps fulfill the mission of the USC Libraries to actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge and develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff.

For more information, see https://digitallibrary.usc.edu/. USC Libraries e-resources

USC Libraries offers many online databases for scholarly publications across all fields of study.

For more information, see https://libraries.usc.edu/#eresources. USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education

The Shoah Foundation currently has more than 55,000 video testimonies, each one a unique source of insight and knowledge that offers powerful stories from history that demand to be explored and shared. The testimonies are preserved in the Visual History Archive, one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world.

For more information, see http://sfi.usc.edu/. Dryad Digital Repository

The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of data types.

For more information, see https://datadryad.org/stash/. bioRxiv

bioRxiv is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution.

For more information, see https://www.biorxiv.org/. PubMed Central (PMC)

PubMed Central (PMC) is a free, full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

For more information, see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/. Vivli

Vivli is an independent, non-profit organization that offers a global data-sharing and analytics platform.

For more information, see https://vivli.org/. The Dataverse Project

The Dataverse Project is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others’ work more easily.

For more information, see https://dataverse.org/. Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP)

The database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) was developed to archive and distribute the data and results from studies that have investigated the interaction of genotype and phenotype in humans.

For more information, see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gap/. Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is a nonprofit organization that works with a national network of partners to make materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country available to all.

For more information, see https://dp.la/. arXiv

arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for more than one million scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

For more information, see https://arxiv.org/.