Finally, you’ve located the software you need. Now, how to use it.
The ever broadening world of software, programs, applications, coding languages, and technical services can be hard to keep up with. Youtube can be a great option when you want a quick fix of how to convert file formats, install things, and the like. However, if you’re looking for a well-made tutorial that will walk you through learning a piece of software, look no further. Lynda.com is a subscription service available through the library with your netID.
What can it teach me? Lynda offers courses on much of the software available in the Scholarly Commons in categories of Animation, Music, Business, CAD, Design, Developer, Education, Marketing, Photography, Video, and Web. Although there are hundreds of tutorials on specific software, they also feature tutorials on learning discipline specific fundamentals and principles. Lynda also remembers which tutorials you watched and displays an eye-icon next to them so that next time you’ll know where you left off. No need to watch a whole series though if you just want to learn a particular feature. Tutorials are often broken down into specific items or features that you might want to use (e.g. how to sort tables in Excel).
Where can you find it? Lynda is available through all three campuses and the different links are listed below. Once you’re logged in though, finding the software you need is a simple search in the search box or navigating their tutorial catalog.
- Urbana/Champaign campus users:go.illinois.edu/lynda
- Chicago campus users: go.uic.edu/lynda
- Springfield campus users: go.uis.edu/lynda
Whether you’re looking to update your software skills, want to explore an application before deciding to purchase it, or need to learn some programming for your research project, Lynda.com is a great place to start.