From conception to publication, the Research Unit exists to support scholarship across the disciplines. Our research librarians provide innovative and collaborative reference, consultation and instruction in subject specialties in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as assistance and guidance in publishing, and data management, and grants support.
Our unit’s mission is to lead the library in preserving and providing access to the traditional and emerging areas of the scholarly record that are part of the research life cycle and apply value-added services in support of those scholarly endeavors in transformational ways. We have expertise in both traditional research methods as well as emerging, technology-based services — such as data visualization — that enable us to support researchers throughout U-M in new and exciting ways.
Research Data Services
Data is becoming increasingly central to scientific discovery and research of all types. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal organizations are now requiring grant proposals to include data management plans while other organizations like the National Institutes for Health (NIH) have prepared guidelines for such plans. Our librarians and staff help researchers craft data management plans, store and share data, and better use data in their research. Please see our Research Data Services page for more information.
Data can now be cited in the same way as other sources of information, such as articles and books. One way of doing this is through a unique code -- or 'persistent identifier' known as a digital object identifier (DOI). These can be displayed as linkable and permanent URLs along with the traditional citation. The library is partnering with the California Digital Library, Purdue University Library, and DataCite to produce DOIs for the U-M community. To submit a U-M created data set, visit the library's DataCite initiative page. Questions about DataCite can be directed to Martin Knott.
Researchers have long struggled to distinguish themselves from others with the same or similar names, and correct spelling of unusual names. The library is a global partner in piloting an identification system known as ORCID (pronounced “orkid”) at U-M for researchers. Learn more about our university's partnership on the ORCID site. You can also review the Library ORCID Task Force’s recommendations for implementation. Questions about ORCID implementation can be directed to the ORCID Task Force.
The Research unit is comprised of librarians in the following discipline-based teams: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, International Studies, Asia Library, Clark Library, Copyright Office, and Science, Engineering and Data.