Announcing the Scholarly Commons Internship

If you’re a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign doctoral student in the humanities or social sciences, we have a fantastic opportunity opening up for the 2017-2018 academic year! The Scholarly Commons Internship is a graduate hourly internship open to doctoral students who have completed coursework. Here is the full listing: POSITION DESCRIPTION The Scholarly Commons […]

Spotlight: JSTOR Labs Text Analyzer

JSTOR Labs has recently rolled out a beta version of a JSTOR Text Analyzer. The purpose of the Text Analyzer is different than other text analyzers (such as Voyant). The JSTOR Text Analyzer will mine documents you drop into its easy-to-use interface, and then breaks it down by topics and terms, which it will then […]

Creating a Professional Website on Weebly

One important step to having a good online scholarly presence is to have your own professional website. Weebly is a fairly easy to use and free content management system that you can use to create a customized page for yourself or a team. It is one of the website builders supported by the iSchool, which […]

Meet Eleanor Dickson, the Visiting HathiTrust Digital Humanities Specialist

This latest installment in our series of interviews with Scholarly Commons experts and affiliates features Eleanor Dickson, the Visiting HathiTrust Research Center Digital Humanities Specialist. What is your background education and work experience? What led you to this field? I have a B.A. in English and History with a minor in Italian studies. As an […]

Scholarly Smackdown: StoryMap JS vs. Story Maps

In today’s very spatial Scholarly Smackdown post we are covering two popular mapping visualization products, Story Maps and StoryMap JS.Yes they both have “story” and “map” in the name and they both let you create interactive multimedia maps without needing a server. However, they are different products! StoryMap JS StoryMap JS, from the Knight Lab […]

Love and Big Data

It’s Love Your Data Week, but did you know people have been using Big Data for to optimize their ability to find their soul mate with the power of data science! Wired Magazine profiled mathematician and data scientist Chris McKinlay in “How to Hack OkCupid“.There’s even a book spin-off from this! “Optimal Cupid”, which unfortunately is […]

Review: The Infographic History of the World by Valentina D’Efilippo and James Ball

The Infographic History of the World, created by Valentina D’Efilippo and James Ball, consists of various infographics with accompanying commentaries. You can find this book and read it at Scholarly Commons, near our other infographic and visualization books! You can also check it out from a nearby library! Overall, this book is a compelling read […]

Spring 2017 Savvy Researcher Schedule Available

Hello Savvy Researchers! The moment you have all waited for has arrived… the spring 2017 Savvy Researcher Workshop schedule is now available on the University Library website. We have the old standbys like “Improve your Research Strategies,” a variety of citation management sessions, “Introduction to Infographics Using Piktochart,” “Understanding Impact: Impact Factor & Other Bibliometrics,” “GIS […]

Spotlight: Postach.io Blogging Platform

Many people use Evernote to keep their research (and life) organized. This notebook-based note-taking platform has grown in popularity so much, that the creators of Evernote created Postach.io, a blogging platform that connects with Evernote, and uses Evernote notes as the content of blog posts. Basically, you can take the notes you’ve created in Evernote and […]

Digital Preservation and the Power of Markdown

Many of us tend to think of digital documents as everlasting, and don’t put a whole lot of thought into how we’ll access our Word documents ten years from now. However, digital documentation tends to become obsolete within five years — as compared to a book, which lasts thousands, or microfilm, which lasts five hundred […]