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Services we offer:

  • Copyright
    • Learn how to get the credit you deserve for your research and writing.
  • Data Discovery
    • Find and make use of data from a variety of sources.
  • Data Management
    • Work with Research Data Services to make your data more secure and accessible for yourself, for meeting funding requirements, and for use in future research.
  • Data Purchase Program
    • If you need data for a project you have an opportunity to convince us to add it to our collections during our twice a year competition.
  • Data Visualization
    • Learn how to visualize your research findings in clear, compelling ways.
  • Database Consulting
    • Consult with a facilitator from Research IT about your database or information management needs and learn about campus solutions that can help.
  • Digital Humanities @ Illinois
    • Discover new technologies from data visualization to online exhibit creation to text analysis and work with our partners in the library and beyond to improve how you conduct and present humanities research.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • Explore new ways to create maps and incorporate geospatial data into your research regardless of disciplinary area.
  • Illinois Experts and Researcher Profiles
    • Identify potential collaborators. Find cutting-edge scholarly works. Showcase research expertise.
  • Illinois REDCap Consulting
    • Get help with REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and project databases for research studies.
  • Publishing and Open Access Services
    • Learn more about Open Access, repository services, scholarly metrics, and journal publication options for your research and writing.
  • Repository Services
    • Get help depositing your work in our institutional repository, IDEALS, or externally hosted repositories.
  • Research Computing Consultations
    • Get help finding the best high performance computing (HPC) resources for your research, scholarship, or creative activity.

  • Scanning
    • We provide scanners that can handle books, slides, and paperwork, as well as photo editing and optical character recognition software for do-it-yourself digitization.
  • Statistical Consulting (including survey research)
    • Office hours and consultations on a variety of statistical software are available year round with our experts and experts from ATLAS-CITL
  • Usability Testing
    • Consult with on campus experts and schedule time in our Usability Lab in 316: a space to record participant experiences with our software and really find out if your websites and apps are as well-designed, accessible, and well thought out as you envisioned them.

What can you expect when you walk in to the Scholarly Commons?

After we assess your needs, here are just a few of the possibilities:

  • Consult one-on-one with an expert from the Scholarly Commons staff.
  • Use software to conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis or create maps.
  • Set up an appointment with an expert from the Library or elsewhere on campus.
  • Learn about software or computational research methods using our reference collection of books.
  • Arrange to use a usability testing work station.
  • Scan text quickly with our sheet-fed scanner.
  • Use our advanced OCR software to prepare scans for search and text analysis.
  • Scan pages with our book-friendly scanner.

We can also help you connect with subject specialists in the Library or one of our partners to further support your research.


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