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Scholars Commons

A hub for research and scholarly inquiry within the Perry Castañeda Library.

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The Scholars Commons is a UT Libraries pilot initiative introducing new spaces and approaches to research and data lifecycle support at UT Austin.

We hope to support and inspire scholarship through research consultations; a data lab with advanced software; workshops introducing tools for digital scholarship, data analysis, and scholarly communication; spaces for collaboration; and exhibits and events that provide opportunities for scholars to share their research.

Thanks for exploring our site! We encourage you to visit the Scholars Commons and to provide feedback to help us learn from this initiative: Scholars Commons Feedback.

Our Offerings

Research Support

  • Consultations
  • Citation Management
  • Collections
  • Data Management
  • Digital Scholarship
  • Writing Support Services

Scholarly Publishing

  • Texas ScholarWorks
  • Scholarly Impact Metrics
  • Author Rights
  • Copyright

Spaces

  • Data Lab
  • Silent Study
  • Exhibits
  • Graduate Landing Spot

Research Support

  • Consultations
  • Citation Management
  • Collections
  • Data Management
  • Digital Scholarship
  • Writing Support Services

Scholarly Publishing

  • Texas ScholarWorks
  • Scholarly Impact Metrics
  • Author Rights
  • Copyright

Spaces

  • Data Lab
  • Silent Study
  • Exhibits
  • Graduate Landing Spot

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Research Support

  • Consultations
  • Citation Management
  • Collections
  • Data Management
  • Digital Scholarship
  • Writing Support Services

Consultations

Subject liaison librarians are available to support you in every stage of the research process. Through in-person consultations and by email, we can help you get to know the best resources in your field, develop search strategies, learn citation management tools, explore publishing opportunities, archive your data and more!

Find your subject librarian

Citation Management

The UT Libraries are here to support you with citation management through online style guides for APA and Chicago, guidance with citation management software, and assistance from your subject librarians.

Collections

The UT Libraries’ collections support the research agendas of University affiliates, visitors, and those using our collections from afar. Existing in all formats and dispersed across all campus libraries, the collections encompass both Distinctive Collections and vibrant General Collections. Researchers are invited to consult our collections in all of our libraries and are especially encouraged to engage in thoughtful, quiet study in our Scholars Commons. Request for new additions to the collection are welcome as are consultations with our subject librarians.

Data Management

Faculty, researchers, and students across all disciplines are engaged in research projects that use, gather, and/or create data. To help in the development and stewardship of research data, a multidisciplinary team including UT Libraries, TACC, and ITS offer resources and consultations to UT researchers in all disciplines that are using and/or creating data.

Data management at UT

Digital Scholarship

UT Libraries and our partners offer workshops related to digital scholarship throughout the year. We also have experts who can consult with you on a number of different digital scholarship and digital humanities related topics.

Contact us at scholarscommons@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

Writing Support Services

From consultations and support groups to workshops and online guides, there are many resources and services available to help scholars in the writing process.

Writing support resources and services

Scholarly Publishing

  • Texas ScholarWorks
  • Scholarly Impact Metrics
  • Author Rights
  • Copyright

Texas ScholarWorks

Texas ScholarWorks (TSW) is an online archive that showcases the scholarly work created at UT Austin. The UT Libraries manage TSW and offer it as a service to the campus community. Any UT Austin faculty, researcher, student, or staff is welcome to deposit their work and those works are available for anyone to access online.

Scholarly Impact Metrics

There are a variety of ways to quantitatively measure the impact of research – impact factor, h-index, alt metrics, and others. We can help faculty and researchers understand what these metrics mean, what they measure, and perhaps more importantly, what they don’t measure. Your subject librarian can help get you started.

Author Rights

We offer information and consultations for authors who have questions about where and how they can share their work, and are interested in learning more about retaining rights to their work. To get started, check out the Copyright Crash Course and SPARC sites, and contact your subject librarian.

Copyright

UT Libraries offers consultations on a variety of copyright issues related to teaching, learning, and research. Common questions we can help with include: Is this fair use? Who owns the copyright? What rights do I have? We cannot offer legal advice but we can guide you to information that will help inform your copyright decisions.

Copyright Crash Course

Spaces

  • Data Lab
  • Silent Study
  • Exhibits
  • Graduate Landing Spot

Data Lab

Located in Scholars Commons, the Data Lab has 15 dual-boot iMacs. Software programs specific to this lab include Stata MP, NVivo, and OpenRefine. For a full list of software visit the data lab page. This lab is open to all current UT staff, faculty, and students.

If you are interested in bringing a class to the Data Lab please contact us at scholarscommons@austin.utexas.edu.

Silent Study

The main room in our Scholars Commons is dedicated to silent study when not being used for presentations and symposia. Designed with a variety of needs in mind, the goal was to create a space where any serious scholar would find a spot to be contemplative and productive.

Exhibits

Click here for information on Exhibits in the Scholars Commons, including how to propose your own.

Current exhibit: Carlos Castañeda’s Legacy at UT Libraries: Forty Years of Distinctive Collections from around the World

In 1927, Carlos Eduardo Castañeda became librarian of the Genaro García Collection, which became the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. During his tenure he oversaw many major acquisitions of materials from all over Latin America. In that spirit, we present a selection of stories from our librarians from recent trips across the globe. Building world class collections can be made up of chance encounters and unexpected detours.. (Continue reading)

Graduate Landing Spot

Located at the far end of the Scholars Commons and accessible by UT ID cards, the Graduate Landing Spot offers a kitchenette, lounge areas and media-equipped, reservable meeting rooms for UT graduate students. These rooms may be used for group study and meetings with other graduate students, and consultations with UT Libraries staff.

Study rooms can be booked using the room reservation system.