Consult an Expert

Need help with digital or data-driven research? Or do you need guidance on creating a video or a podcast? We are here to help!

We are available via email at sc@library.illinois.edu. We are always happy to schedule consultations related to digital research, digital media, or other technology-related projects. If the project is outside the mission and/or exceeds the resources available in the Scholarly Commons, we are happy to direct you to a group on campus that can assist.

Browse the wide range of expertise and support available through the University Library on the Subject Specialists page. Not sure where to get started? Email us, and we’ll direct you to an expert who can assist.

Drop-in Consultations

Data Analysis
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CITL

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) provides drop-in consulting on how to find and prepare data for analysis, survey construction and implementation, and statistical consulting. See their webpage for more information. These services are open to all University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff, and students. Find them in Room 220, Consultation Room B during these hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cline Center

The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research is available to help researchers use Archer, a web application for querying the Global News Index. Cline Center staff are available to answer questions about using Archer, including building queries and faceting data, as well as understanding, interpreting, and using data retrieved from Archer. Find them in Room 220, Consultation Room A during these hours:

Thursday

1 pm to 3:00 pm


Geographic Information Systems
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The Scholarly Commons Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist is available to assist with finding geographic data, analyzing geographic data, or creating maps or other geographic visualizations. Find them in Room 220, Consultation Room A during these hours:

Tuesday

1 pm to 3 pm


Other Support
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Copyright

The library’s copyright librarian provides drop-in consultations on copyright, including but not limited to basic operation of copyright law, what resources can be used for teaching, and the principles of fair use. However, they cannot provide legal advice. Find them in Room 220, Consultation Room A during these hours:

Tuesday

11 am to 12 pm

Media and Design

The Scholarly Commons is available to provide guidance with graphic design tools and techniques. Consultations are available in Room 220, Consultation Room A during these hours:

Thursday

10 am to 12 pm


Technology Services
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Tech Services Help Desk staff are available to assist with questions about password security, email access, and other technology needs of students, faculty, and staff. Find them near the Armory and Wright entrance to Room 220.

Monday to Friday

10 am to 5 pm

Instruction Requests

The Scholarly Commons provides training on media best-practices and technology, both in the classroom and through workshops. We offer tours of our spaces and hands-on practice with the loanable technology available through the Scholarly Commons. Classroom visits can be scheduled to help to support media projects assigned in courses across campus.

To request any of these services, please contact us via email at sc@library.illinois.edu.