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A Different Kind of Data Cleaning: Making Your Data Visualizations Accessible

Introduction: Why Does Accessibility Matter? Data visualizations are a fast and effective manner for communicating information and are increasingly becoming a more popular way for researchers to share their data with a broad audience. Because of this rising importance, it is also necessary to ensure that data visualizations are accessible to everyone. Accessible data visualizations […]

Designing a Research Poster

Posters are widely used in the academic community, and most conferences include poster presentations in their program.  Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. As we prepare for the Undergraduate Research Symposium, here are some tips to help you make an engaging poster.   Essential Elements of […]

Meet Our Graduate Assistants: Ryan Yoakum

In this interview series, we ask our graduate assistants questions for our readers to get to know them better. Our first interview this year is with Ryan Yoakum! What is your background education and work experience? I came to graduate school directly after receiving my bachelor’s degree in May 2021 in History and Religion here […]

Open Education Week 2022

Open Education Week Open Education Week brings awareness to the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement and to the how OER transforms teaching and learning for instructors and students alike. What is OER? OER refers to open access, openly licensed instructional materials that are used for teaching, learning or research. Why is OER Important? OER provides […]

Going Down the Jane Austen Rabbit Hole

This post is part of a series for Love Data Week, which takes place February 14-18 2022. Written by Heidi Imker, Director of the Library Research Data Service When you think of data, your mind probably doesn’t jump right to Pride and Prejudice. That is, unless you’re Heidi Imker, Director of the Research Data Service […]

OpenRefine: a Cinderella Story but for Data

This post is part of a series for Love Data Week, which takes place February 14-18 2022. Written by Dena Strong Ever wish you could call on a fairy godmother who could wave a magic wand and make all your data problems disappear? Luckily for us at the University of Illinois, we can call on […]

When did you first fall in love with data?

This post is part of a series for Love Data Week, which takes place February 14-18 2022. Written by Lauren Phegley Picture it – North Central College, Illinois, 2018. Twenty-one-year-old sociology major Laurent Phegley takes her seat in Professor Corsino’s class with no idea that she’s about to fall in love…with data. At the time, […]

Introducing Drop-In Consultation Hours at the Scholarly Commons!

Do you have a burning question about data management, copyright, or even how to work Adobe Photoshop but do not have the time to set up an appointment? This semester, the Scholarly Commons is happy to introduce our new drop-in consultation hours! Each weekday, we will have an expert from a different scholarly subject have […]

Halloween Data Visualizations!

It’s that time of year where everyone starts to enjoy all things spooky and scary – haunted houses, pumpkin picking, scary movies and…data visualizations! To celebrate Halloween, we have created a couple of data visualizations from a bunch of data sets. We hope you enjoy them! Halloween Costumes How do you decide what Halloween costume […]

It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Open Access Week 2021

It’s that time of year again! Open Access Week is October 25-31, and the University of Illinois Library is excited to participate. Open Access Week is an international event where the academic and research community come together to learn about Open Access and to share that knowledge with others. The theme guiding this year’s discussion of […]