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Scholarly Research Services

The Libraries provide guidance and support to faculty and students who are conducting and disseminating research. We have experts in the areas of copyright, digital humanities, data management, citation management, and digital publishing who are available to assist you with your project in any stage of the research process.

Citation management

Bibliographic information can be managed electronically through EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley. Northwestern licenses EndNote citation management software for all students, faculty and staff. Zotero and Mendeley are free, open source bibliographic managers. The Libraries provides workshops and online guides to using these tools.

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We offer support to the Northwestern community on copyright and fair use in scholarly research, publishing, teaching and other areas. Liz Hamilton, Copyright Librarian, is available to answer questions regarding clearing permissions for publications, making public domain determinations, copyright registration, publication agreements, and more. She is also available to come to your class or group to present on copyright issues relating to a specific subject area or project.

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Data management

We assist with data management and data management planning, including help with funding agency requirements, training on the DMPtool, drafting data management plans, and more. Cunera Buys, Data Management Librarian, is available to answer questions regarding data management issues and best practices, and is available to provide class presentations or individual training sessions.

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Digital humanities

We offer consultation and collaboration services for humanities faculty and graduate students interested in digital forms of research, teaching and publication. Josh Honn, Digital Humanities Librarian, is available to answer your humanities research questions and to provide advice and guidance on pedagogy projects that involve digital methods and tools. Customized presentations to classes and groups are also available.

In addition to our regular services, Northwestern faculty can apply to participate in an annual two-week digital pedagogy and research workshop. Visit the summer workshop website.

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Digital publishing

We help researchers publish scholarship through open access platforms, such as Arch, Northwestern’s institutional repository for research, data, and non-traditional works of scholarship. In addition, we work with researchers to build independent sites created for editing and publishing journals, conference proceedings, and student projects. Chris Diaz, Digital Publishing Librarian, is available to meet with individuals, departments, and groups to answer questions and provide guidance on self-archiving research materials, publishing scholarly work, journal and data publishing, and other activities related to scholarly communication and publishing.

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Open access

We advise researchers on outlets to make the published results of federally-funded research freely available to the public and support open access publication with the Northwestern Open Access Fund. We are available to answer specific questions and to meet for consultations.

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

We are available to assist faculty and instructors to find quality OER in their subject areas, and can help you incorporate openly-licensed materials into your teaching with open pedagogy. We also provide full support to those interested in developing their own OER, including consultations, editorial workflow assistance, hosting, sharing, and maintaining persistent access and storage. Contact Lauren McKeen, Open Education Librarian, with your project ideas and questions. Customized presentations on open educational practices are also available to departments and groups.

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