Survey Research Methods Webinars Spring 2018

The Survey Research Laboratory is offering two webinars on survey research methodology during the Spring 2018 semester. The webinars are free to University faculty, staff and students. All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m. ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED You will receive a reminder about the webinar for which you have registered shortly before the date. Webinar […]

What Storify Shutting Down Means to Us

You may have heard that popular social media story platform Storify will be shutting down on May 16, 2018. Open to the public since 2011, it has hosted everything from academic conference tweet round-ups to “Dear David”, the ongoing saga of Buzzfeed writer Adam Ellis and the ghost that haunts his apartment. So it shocked […]

Spotlight: Unexpected Surprises in the Internet Archive

For most of us, our introduction to the Internet Archive was the Wayback Machine, a search engine that can show you snapshots of websites from the past. It’s always fun to watch a popular webpage like Google evolve from November 1998 to July 2004 to today, but there is so much more that the Internet Archive […]

This Semester at the Scholarly Commons

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s a new semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And with that new semester come all of the happenings at the Scholarly Commons. We have some great things coming up! Hours We’re back to our normal hours. Come visit us from 9 AM – […]

Digital Timeline Tools

Everyone has a story to tell. For many of us doing work in the humanities and social sciences, presenting our research as a timeline can bring it new depth and a wider audience. Today, I’ll be talking about two unique digital storytelling options that you can use to add dimension to your research project. Timeglider […]

Public Domain and Creativity

This post was guest authored by Scholarly Communication & Publishing Graduate Assistant Nicole Moriah Rhodes. The first American copyright law protected works for fourteen years after they were published and gave the copyright owner the opportunity to renew the copyright for another fourteen years. Few did, and works passed quickly into the public domain. The […]

Copyright as a Tool for Censorship

This post was guest authored by Scholarly Communication & Publishing Graduate Assistant Nicole Moriah Rhodes. Copyright should be used to encourage speech and not to silence it. The stories below demonstrate that copyright can be used to limit the rights of technology users and censor criticism. First, an introduction to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act […]

Closed Doors or Open Access?: Envisioning the Future of the United States Copyright Office

It’s Copyright Week! For today’s theme of “transparency”, Copyright Librarian Sara Benson discusses her thoughts on the Copyright Office activities to review Section 108. In 2005, the Copyright Office, under the guidance of the Register of Copyrights at the time, Mary Beth Peters, called for a Study Group to convene and review possible amendments to […]

Got Bad Data? Check Out The Quartz Guide

If you’re working with data, chances are, there will be at least a few times where you encounter the “nightmare scenario”. Things go awry — values are missing, your sample is biased, there are inexplicable outliers, or the sample wasn’t as random as you thought. Some issues you can solve, other issues are less clear. […]

(Baseball) Bibliometrics: The Final Inning

This post was guest authored by Scholarly Communication and Publishing Graduate Assistant Paige Kuester. This is the third part of a three-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2. We’re almost there! We’ve just got to go over some of the newest ways of measuring impact, and then we can all go home with that […]