The Image of Research – UR Edition

Submissions for The Image of Research Competition – Undergraduate Edition are now being accepted! The Image of Research Competition – Undergraduate Edition, is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Who Can Submit?: The competition is open to all undergraduate students. Entries must be submitted by students who are enrolled in the Spring 2015 term and in good academic standing. Students may submit individually, or as a collaborative group. Each person (or research group) may only submit one entry, each submission should include a faculty sponsor, and students are responsible for submitting their own work.

Requirements and Deadlines for Submission:
– The image submitted should represent your research either concretely or abstractly. You will also be submitting a narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research.

The submission will be judged on:

  • Connection between image, text, and research
  • Originality
  • Visual Impact

Other Requirements:

  • A title of less than 250 characters
  • A 100-200 word description
  • Images should be the best quality images you can find. We highly recommend a maximum file size of 100MB and a minimum resolution of 300ppi.
  • These images are generally printed at approximately 40 x 28 inches with the abstract included, so be mindful of the size of your image. We recommend that your image measure at least 10 inches on the shortest side.

An important note: Entrants must be principle creator(s) of the image. Third part content can be used, but submitting a third party image unaltered is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or material that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.

Submissions will be accepted from February 20 – Sunday, April 5, 2015 12pm CST

– First prize = $300
– Second prize = $200
– And up to two honorable mentions = $50 each
Awards will be presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 23rd, 2015 at the Illini Union. All images will be professionally printed and displayed at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and all images will be included in an online exhibit hosted by the University Library.

Questions?: Check out the FAQ section on The Image of Research – UG Edition webpage, drop by the Scholarly Commons (Room 306, Main Library) during open hours, or send us an email at

Submit your entries by using this form:

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Fair Use Week 2015: Celebrating the “Safety Valve” of U.S. Copyright Law

Here at the Scholarly Commons we care about copyright and related issues, and we do our best to ensure that students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois understand how copyright relates to their day-to-day work. Today marks the beginning of Fair Use Week (February 23-27, 2015), and we hope you’ll take advantage of our resources to understand this important exception to U.S. Copyright Law. A list of copyright-related guides from the library can be found at the end of this post.

Copyright is given a specific purpose in the United States Constitution: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.” Fair use is one of a set of exceptions built into U.S. copyright law meant to ensure that copyright does not become so restrictive as to prevent you from using protected works in ways central to this purpose. (Some other countries have a similar concept called “fair dealing.”) It’s what might allow an artist to create some parodies of other works, enable a scholar to include reasonable portions of another work in an article or book if for an appropriate purpose, or a search engine to produce thumbnail images of photographs from search results.

Words above like “might,” “some,” “reasonable,” and “appropriate” suggest why some people hesitate to make fair use decisions, even when there may be a clear fair use case protecting their actions. Fair use is governed by four factors: the purpose of the use, the nature of the work being used, the amount and substance of the work being used, and the effect on the market for the original work or its value. These factors have to be considered together, on a case-by-case basis. While previous case law can provide guidance, there are no hard rules about what you can or cannot do. For example, some people think all educational uses are fair use. While educational purposes do help under the “purpose” criteria, they are not decisive. On the other hand, some people worry that any negative impact on the market or value of the work rules out fair use. This would probably hurt your fair use case, but it again wouldn’t be decisive. Some of the most well-known fair use cases are well-documented, and they reveal how the final decision for or against fair use can be shaped by specific situations.

Luckily many everyday fair use decisions are pretty straightforward. A student or scholar may have to work out the details on how to appropriately cite another essay for intellectual integrity purposes, but except in extreme cases they don’t worry about needing permission from the copyright holder to quote in the first place. A good thing to do if you are worried whether a use may or may not be fair use is to fill out a “Fair Use Checklist” and then consider whether the overall balance of factors favor your situation. Some scholarly and professional organizations have also released guides to best practices on fair use that you may find helpful: a new example is the College Art Association’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.” You can also contact us at the Scholarly Commons with copyright-related questions of all types if you need further assistance. We can’t give you legal advice, but we can point to appropriate resources and ask questions that may help you work out a decision for yourself, whatever that may be.

This week, you can also learn more about fair use from many sources online. Search for the #fairuseweek2015 hashtag on social media sites, or follow @fairuseweek on Twitter. On Tumblr, Fair Use Week 2015 is highlighting fair use success stories to inspire us all. We’ll also be participating through the Scholarly Commons Twitter feed: follow us for fair use related tweets in addition to updates on our wide array of resources to assist your teaching and scholarship.

Copyright Resources from the Scholarly Commons and Other Library Units

Special thanks to Dan Tracy for this guest post.

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Dan Cohen Talk: “What can you do with the Digital Public Library of America?”

Dan_CohenThe Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is close to two years old, and contains millions of books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, works of art, and audiovisual material, all of it freely available from over a thousand partner libraries, archives, and museums. DPLA executive director Dan Cohen will be giving a talk that explores how you can make discoveries in the massive collection using DPLA’s innovative search tools, such as its map interface. In addition, he will provide a deeper look at the data underlying modern libraries and how this data can enable transformative uses of our shared cultural heritage.

Date: February 24, 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 126 Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign

About the Speaker:
Dan Cohen is the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America. Until 2013, Cohen was a Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. His personal research has been in digital humanities, broadly constructed: the impact of new media and technology on all aspects of knowledge, from the nature of digitized resources to twenty-first century research techniques and software tools to the changing landscape of communication and publication. At the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media he oversaw projects ranging from PressForward to the September 11 Digital Archive to the popular Zotero research tool. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s from Harvard, and his doctorate from Yale.

Cohen is the inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011, he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities. In 2012, he was named one of the top “tech innovators” in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

He is the co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and co-editor of Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press, 2012). He has published articles and book chapters on new media, the history of mathematics and religion, the teaching of history, scholarly communication, and the future of the humanities in a digital age in esteemed journals and his work has been featured frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Times Higher Education.

This event is free and open to the public.

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The Refugee Project: An Outreach and Digital Humanities Student-Faculty Initiative at Hamilton College

Digital Humanities projects can take on many forms and involve many people with different skill sets and perspectives to contribute. The multilayered quality of these projects is what makes them rich and compelling for a wide range of individuals with multiple interests, hobbies, and areas of expertise.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is sponsoring an event that brings awareness to a digital humanities project that combines collaborative pedagogy and outreach to a refugee community in Utica, New York.

Professor John Bartle, a specialist on Dostoevsky and Book Review Editor for Slavic and East European Journal, will be speaking about the Refugee Project and his involved collaboration between Hamilton College faculty and students, colleagues from Utica College and Mohawk Valley Community College, as well as refugee communities and organizations serving them. The Refugee Project received funding from a Mellon grant through the Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton.

The presentation will also include comments on the faculty-student collaboration on interviewing and film-making involved in the project, as well as the screening of two short films, Geneese Lights (about the Bosnian refugee community in Utica) and The Newcomers (featuring Karen refugees from Southeast Asia and other recent arrivals).

When: Monday, February 16th, 4pm

Where: Lincoln Hall, Room 1092
702 South Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois


Event Cosponsored by: Office of Public Engagement, Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

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ATLAS Workshops

This semester, ATLAS is conducting several short evening courses to show participants how to use statistical, GIS (geographic information systems), and qualitative software, as well as social science data. Statistical & GIS workshops are available to all University of Illinois faculty, instructors, staff, and students.

The Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule
02/24/2015 – ATLAS.ti 1: Introduction – Qualitative Coding
03/03/2015 – ATLAS.ti 2: Data Exploration and Analysis

02/11/2015 - ArcGIS 1: Introduction to ArcCatalog and ArcMap
02/18/2015 - ArcGIS 2: Introduction to ArcToolbox

02/25/2015 - SPSS 1: Getting Started with SPSS
03/04/2015 - SPSS 2: Inferential Statistics with SPSS

03/11/2015 - Stata 1: Getting Started with Stata
03/18/2015 - Stata 2: Inferential Statistics with Stata

03/10/2015 - SAS 1: Getting Started with SAS
03/17/2015 - SAS 2: Inferential Statistics with SAS

02/10/2015 – R 1: Getting Started with R
02/17/2015 - R 2: Inferential Statistics
04/01/2015 – R 3: R Studio

03/31/2015 – Questionnaire Design

Registration Details:

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College of LAS Survey Research Tools

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) has recently purchased licenses for the online survey research tools Surveygizmo and Qualtrics. Both tools offer users the ability to create online surveys.

Who is eligible to use this software?

Only LAS faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates registered in a LAS course are eligible to use this software. These accounts are free to those faculty and students. To request an account please use this link:


For questions on how to use these tools, or if you need assistance in selecting the right tool for your needs, please contact Or, drop by their open lab hours Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 3pm in 2043 Lincoln Hall.

ATLAS also offers:

– A free questionnaire design workshop and assistance with programming online surveys:

– An open computer lab with knowledgeable staff ready to answer you questions about quantitative and qualitative research and programs: 2043 Lincoln Hall, Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm, and Friday 9am – 2pm.

– Classroom demonstrations for programs such as SPSS 20, SAS 9.2, Stata 12 SE, ArcGIS 10, R 2.15.1, MS Excel, and others. Visit this page to request a tutorial:




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Survey Research Methods Webinars

The Survey Research Laboratory is offering six intermediate webinars on survey research methodology during the Spring 2015 semester. The webinars are free to University faculty, staff and students. A basic knowledge of survey research is recommended. All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m.

Pre registration is required. Register at

You will receive a reminder about the webinar shortly before the date. Webinar notes will be available at the following link shortly before the webinar:

The six featured webinars are:

Cognitive Pretesting of Questionnaires (February 11 at 12pm)
This webinar will provide an overview of methods used to pretest questionnaires that are based on a cognitive model of the process by which respondents answer survey questions. These methods include think-aloud and more structured cognitive interviews and behavior coding.

Sampling Hard-to-Reach Populations (February 18 at 12pm)
This seminar will provide an overview of available strategies for the survey sampling of hard-to-reach populations. Topics to be discussed include types of populations, probabilistic and non-probabilistic sampling techniques, and sample frame development and availability.

Nonresponse Bias Assessment (February 25 at 12pm)
This webinar will provide an overview of survey nonresponse. Specific topics covered will include the calculation and reporting of survey response rates, the definition and consequences of non-response bias, some commonly used strategies for assessing the degree of non-response bias, and a summary of correlates of survey non-response.

Ethics in Survey Research (March 4 at 12pm)
This workshop will provide an overview of ethical considerations in the conduct of survey research. Some of the topics to be discussed include informed consent, confidentiality, interviewer training & oversight, and secondary research subjects. Students, faculty and staff on the Urbana/Champaign and Chicago campuses may be able to receive IRB continuing education credit for taking this webinar.

Questionnaire Design Clinic (March 11 at 12pm)
This webinar is questionnaire design by example. Participants are encouraged to submit questions or questionnaires to be used to highlight principles of questionnaire construction. After registering, submit questions or questionnaires by March 4 to Allyson Holbrook at If you do not have a questionnaire to submit for review, your attendance is still welcome. Depending on the number of questionnaires received, not all of those received may be used as examples in the workshop.

Agree-Disagree Response Formats: Problems and Alternatives (March 18 at 12pm)
This webinar will cover issues related to the use of agree-disagree questions in which survey respondents are asked if or how much they agree or disagree with a statement. Specifically, the webinar will discuss possible reasons why agree-disagree questions are often used, ways in which these questions negatively affect the quality of the survey data collected and possible alternatives to such items.

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Digital Humanities Symposium 2015: Explorations of Technology in Humanities Research

The University Library’s Scholarly Commons and the Institute of Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) are pleased to announce the 2015 Digital Humanities Symposium on February 27-28, 2015.

Hands-on workshops will be held on the evening of February 27th at the Main Library (Room 308), and will feature leading digital humanities practitioners from UIUC teaching on topics such as text analysis, geographical information systems, and data visualization.  This will be followed by a day-long research symposium featuring leading researchers in digital humanities presenting on current digital research and methodologies on February 28th at Lincoln Hall.

Learn about digital humanities tools and research methods from UIUC faculty and experts, and join us in building a research community for digital humanities practitioners at Illinois. Featured keynote speaker will be Jennifer Guiliano, assistant professor of history at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Registration is FREE at:

For more information, visit

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Save the Date! HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is hosting its third annual HTRC UnCamp in March at the University of Michigan Palmer Commons. The UnCamp is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, and part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. It has visionary speakers mixed with boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools.

When: March 30-31st, 2015, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Where: University of Michigan Palmer Commons

100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218

Who should attend? The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to digital humanities tool developers, researchers, librarians of HathiTrust member institutions, and graduate students. Attendees will be asked for their input in planning sessions, so please plan to register early!

Registration will be open the first week of February.

As it becomes available, additional information about the UnCamp will be posted to

Questions? Contact Ryan Dubnicek, HTRC Executive Assistant, at

Hope to see you in Ann Arbor!

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2015 University of Illinois Digital Humanities Symposium: Explorations of Technology in Humanities Research

The University Library’s Scholarly Commons and the Institute of Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) are pleased to announce the 2015 Digital Humanities Symposium.

When: February 27-28, 2015

Where: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Learn about digital humanities tools and research methods from UIUC faculty and experts, and join us in building a research community for digital humanities practitioners at Illinois. Featrued keynote speaker will be Jennifer Guiliano, assistant professor of history at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

Registration is free!

More details to come at



The 2015 Digital Humanities Symposium will feature a poster session and we invite submission of poster proposals from students, researchers, and faculty on any aspect of digital humanities.

This could include:

  • Humanities research enabled through digital media, data mining, software studies, or information design and modeling;
  • Computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship;
  • Digital arts, architecture, music, film, theater, new media, digital games, and related areas of creation and curation of humanities digital resources;
  • Social, institutional, global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of digital humanities and digital humanities in pedagogy and academic curricula.

Submitted poster abstracts (100 to 250 words) may describe work on any relevant topic and are intended to be interactive, with the opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees.

Deadline for Submission: December 20, 2015, 11:59pm Central

Submit your online abstract here:

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by January 10, 2015.

Questions? Contact Harriett Green at or Sarah Christensen at



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