Capturing the Conference Conversation: Part 1 of 3

Conference attendance is a significant part of professional development for graduate students, researchers, and faculty members. Conference attendees are increasingly using Twitter as a medium for discussion as well as to share resources, tools, and research at these events. However there is a challenge in consulting the “backchannel” in the days after the conference – […]

Life After Google Reader

Google’s much lamented decision to pull the plug on Google Reader has produced more than petitions from frustrated users. A number of competing services have stepped into the limelight and are touting their viability as replacements. In this post, we offer a look at some of the top contenders: Feedly: Feedly is a reader with […]

Possible Sale of Mendeley to Elsevier Raises Questions about Future Commitment to Openness

According to this tech-crunch article, there are strong suggestions that the citation manager, Mendeley (which we’ve blogged about here), could soon be sold to Elsevier. Given Elsevier’s reputation as a leading opponent of open access (as is evident, for example, from this past year’s boycott), the deal raises major questions about the future of Mendeley’s […]

Mendeley’s Open API Makes New Forms of Digital Research Possible…For Free

By utilizing key innovations of the social networking era, the citation manager Mendeley has been taking the academic world by storm. Mendeley is free, web-based and, includes a slew of features that facilitate collaboration in and integration of the research process. From Mendeley, you can search a pool of 65 million papers, significantly more than […]

Thinking About Preserving Personal Digital Files

A friend had been making videos and taking pictures of his nephew for the past three years on his smart phone.  Then it died.  He lost all of those images and videos of the first three years of his nephew’s life because he never thought about what happens when technology changes or, in this case, […]

The Philosophy at Prezi: Slideshows are Boring

In the digital age, slide shows have become the presentation tool of choice, and, as any public speaking expert can tell you, they are one of the most misused tools on the planet. Enter Prezi, a web-based presentation tool that, instead of discrete slides, uses the fluid motion of zooming to move from one idea […]

Come See us in our New Space!

The Scholarly Commons has successfully moved to a much larger space in Main Library Room 306. Not only do we have more collaborative workspace, but we have room for expansion! Come find out what we’re up to Monday through Friday from from 1 to 5 p.m.

Create electronic CVs at IRIS

Interested in creating an version of your CV that can be submitted for online grant proposals? One of the Scholarly Commons’ partner units can help you with that. In addition to maintaining a database of scholarly funding opportunities, the Illinois Research Information Service (IRIS) has created the IRIS Expertise Service. The service allows scholars at […]

Scholarly Commons: A Technological Sandbox

Have you considered using digital tools to help analyze, organize, or present your research? Let the Scholarly Commons be your technological sandbox. We have a number of hardware and software tools that could augment your research, including: AcrGIS, for adding geographic data and images to your project. Atlas-ti and Nvivo for organizing, analyzing, and coding […]

This Thursday from the Savvy Researcher: “4 out of 5 Professors Agree: Citing Polls in Your Papers Will Earn You a Better Grade”

Do you study Political Science, Journalism, History, Business, Sociology, or any other field that might make use of public opinion research? This Thursday, the Savvy Researcher will be conducting a workshop demonstrating the scope and power of the Roper iPOLL Database. Roper iPOLL is fully searchable and contains data from a staggering number of U.S. […]