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In addition to the experts formally associated with the Scholarly Commons and the vast resources of the Library’s subject specialists, these campus units are helping enrich the resources and knowledge base of the Scholarly Commons by making staff members available at the Scholarly Commons during designated hours, delivering workshops, and collaborating on initiatives:

CITL Data Analytics Program

The Scholarly Commons offers Data Discovery & Support services to help patrons with acquiring data sets needed for teaching and research, locating, downloading, and preparing data for secondary analysis, and identifying and creating course materials and teaching tools (including customized data sets drawn from various data repositories). CITL Data Analytics also offers statistical analysis consultations and workshops throughout the semester. To schedule an appointment and learn more check out the page for the CITL Data Analytics request consultation form.

Technology Services Research and Online Learning Services

Technology Services supports the academic activities of faculty, staff, and students by providing campus-wide computing, networking, telephone, and instructional technology. Technology Services’ Online Teaching and Learning unit facilitates training and consultation for incorporating technologies into teaching and research, as well as building and maintaining virtual and physical collaborative learning environments.

Graduate College

The Graduate College works closely with graduate students, faculty and staff to address a wide range of issues central to graduate education at Illinois. The Graduate College provides a home base for the 10,709 graduate and professional students and their families. Graduate College staff oversee admissions and academic services, career services, educational equity programs, and fellowships and development for graduate students.


The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the University’s digital repository. IDEALS is sponsored by the University Library and the University’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. The repository collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship ­­­­— unpublished and, in many cases, published — directly into IDEALS. Departments can use IDEALS to distribute their working papers, technical reports, or other research material.

Informatics at Illinois

Illinois Informatics is a nimble, virtual academic organization with an integrated research and education mission that spans the entire campus. They support and encourage multi-disciplinary research projects that involve applications of computing and information in areas from the natural sciences, engineering and business to the humanities and social sciences. They also have several education programs including the undergraduate Minor in Informatics, the Masters in Bioinformatics, and the PhD in Informatics. They also support informatics-related course development at all levels, in a wide range of fields.

Media Commons

The Media Commons is a collaborative campus effort that provides students and faculty with opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies. The Media Commons also offers expanded opportunities to learn best practices in educational technology. In addition to a robust loanable technology program, the Media Commons provides a service space that offers faculty,and students to create, disseminate, use, and curate digital media. The goal is to meet the need for broad access to media creation tools, information technology training in multimedia hardware and software, and instruction in media literacy.

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is guided by the philosophy that all Illinois undergraduate students should learn about current disciplinary research, take part in research discussions, and be exposed to research experiences in their regular coursework. Furthermore, where practical, an advanced research experience should be among the capstone options in all major programs of study. Undergraduate research opportunities should be designed to support the pedagogical goals and the research mission of the university.