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Randall Library's Scholarly Research Services provides guidance and support to UNCW faculty and graduate students who are conducting and disseminating research, scholarship, and creative works, with an emphasis on those using emerging technologies and techniques.  Click on the categories below to explore the topics we can provide guidance, expertise and services.

Research Support

We can assist you in your search for funding opportunities and consult with you on your background research and literature reviews for your external or internal grant applications, as well as provide guidance on access requirements for funded research. Fill out this form to get started:

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We are available to consult with you at any stage of your research. We can consult with you on literature reviews and bibliographies, help you manage your citations via Zotero or Endnote, and more. Fill out this form to get started:

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Research Data

Librarians can help you locate secondary data, both freely available and commercial, in your subject area. Some of the resources available to the UNCW community are available on this Data and Statistics guide. Fill out this form for a personalized consultation with a subject specialist:

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We provide research data management support, providing guidance on data management, planning, and sharing for researchers, faculty, and students, including for meeting funder and publisher requirements.

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Digital Research

Many types of projects require converting analog material to digital formats. We have expertise in digitization and are knowledgeable in digitization standards. Contact us for consults regarding your independent projects or collaboration opportunities.

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Metadata is ubiquitous. It is key in the discoverability of resources. Our team can work with you to describe and manage your resources whether it requires descriptive, structural, or administrative metadata. We can consult about metadata workflows, creating rules of data entry, choosing metadata standards and schema, exploring metadata tools and more. Contact us and let's talk shop.

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Planning a digital project? We can provide expertise! Contact us for a consult at any stage in your process to assess specifications on digitization, equipment, tools, platforms, funding sources, copyright, metadata, timelines, and preservation and storage.

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Are you interested in digital scholarship but not sure where to begin? Do you have an idea for a digital humanities project you’d like to discuss? We are available to consult with you. We can help you identify, evaluate, select, and deploy the tools, methods, and techniques that are best suited to your project, including computational text analysis, data visualization, digital mapping, and more. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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Digital Creation

The Digital Makerspace offers access to various VR experiences, using the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Virtual Reality areas can be reserved through our reservation scheduler online. Augmented Reality is also an option using our Magic Leap, which is available by request. The DMS encourages VR and AR development by making equipment like headsets, controllers, and rotochairs available for use.

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The Digital Makerspace offers a 3D Printing service that allows users to submit .stl files for printing at a cost of $0.12 per gram. A self-service program is also in development where users can train to learn how to operate a 3D printer, and utilize it to print projects on their own. The DMS student employees and staff can also assist in consultation for 3D Modelling.

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The Digital Makerspace offers two options for 3D Scanning: The NextGen Laser for desktop laser scanning of smaller items, and the Sense 3D Scanner for capturing 3D views of larger objects (and people). DMS student employees and staff can assist users in operating these scanners.

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Personal, professional, or academic: The Digital Makerspace can assist you with any digital project. DMS student employees and staff will assist with learning and troubleshooting software, offer open workshops, and can assist faculty in teaching digital programs to prepare for their upcoming projects (including developing rubrics). Whether it’s creating a digital poster, filming and editing a video, or making a podcast, the DMS has the tools and people to help learn your newest digital skill.

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Scholarly Communication & Publishing

We offer support to the UNCW community on copyright and fair use in scholarly research, teaching, publishing, and other areas, and are available to answer questions related to these issues.

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Open access is the "free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment" (SPARC). Aside from the inherent value in making your research results as open as possible, an increasing number of funders are requiring that publications resulting from your funded research are made available in open access format. We can help you identify high-impact and reputable open access publications and avoid predatory publishers.

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Do you want to distribute your work as widely as possible? Are you interested in making sure that your work is preserved for the future? Contact us to learn more!

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Whether for research, tenure, and promotion or to more generally showcase your work as a scholar, it can be useful to analyze the impact of your scholarship. Although there is no one universally agreed-upon method for evaluating the impact of an author or a journal, we can provide recommendations based on your own needs or that of your department or your discipline.

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Open Education encompasses resources, tools, and practices that are free of legal, financial, and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared, and adapted in the digital environment. Learn more about Open Educational Resources or contact us.

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