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The Scholarly Commons is a technology enriched space for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to pursue research and receive expert copyright, data, digital humanities, digitization, scholarly communications, and usability consultation services. Scholarly Commons services are supported by experts in the Scholarly Commons, subject specialists at the University Library, and partners throughout campus.

The Scholarly Commons sustains a variety of training opportunities and learning resources related to topics such as text-encoding, digitization, OCR, usability, and data analysis.  We also review new tools, introduce resources, and discuss developments in scholarly communication on our blog, Commons Knowledge.

Graduate assistants are on hand at the Scholarly Commons to get you started and an expert will be made available to you for consultation. We encourage drop-ins but also recommend filling out a consultation form so that we can best prepare for your visit.
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The Scholarly Commons fosters the development of a collaborative culture of scholarly inquiry at Illinois by providing an environment in which students and scholars can access, and contribute to, the resources made available by academic, research, and support units across campus.

The Scholarly Commons provides library, information, and technology services that support traditional and emergent forms of scholarly inquiry, and thereby contribute to the Illinois tradition of innovation and excellence in teaching, research, and public engagement.


The Scholarly Commons supports the traditional and emergent needs of students, faculty, and other scholars at Illinois by providing information resources, expert assistance, and technology resources that support teaching, research, and public engagement.

The Scholarly Commons: Bringing People Together in Support of Scholarship