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Research Services for People with Disabilities




The Scholarly Commons is equipped to help with basic digitization needs. Our department has three high-end scanners:

Plustek scanner

We can guide you through scanning your materials using any of these devices to create PDFs or image files. If you need searchable or editable PDFs, we can show you how to use ABBYY Fine Reader OCR (optical character recognition) software to analyze and edit text before creating a new version of the PDF.

The Main Library also has scanners available on the 2nd floor.

If your project is larger in scope, we will suggest a consultation with the Library's Digital Content Creation department. The DCC can advise on possible in-house or third-party solutions, depending on the content type, amount and timeline. The DCC can also bring in other experts, such as metadata specialists, if your aim is to create a digital collection.

Resources in the Scholarly Commons

Software: ABBYY Fine Reader, Acrobat Pro, Photoshop

Hardware: Epson GT-20000 scanner, Plustek Opticbook scannerBook2Net Spirit Scanner

Bookmarks: Digitization resources on our delicious.com bookmarks