Consult an Expert

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.

If you have other questions, we are available via email at

Drop-in Consultations

Data Analysis


The Center for Innovation in Teaching and 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 (starting Jan 23rd),Consultation Room B during these hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm

Friday: 1 pm – 5 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 – 3 pm

Other Support

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 – 12 pm

Technology Services

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 St. entrance to Room 220. For more information about the services they offer, please checkout their website.

Fall 2023 Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-5pm

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