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Research Division

From conception to publication, the Research Division 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 copyright, publishing, data management, and grants support.

Our division'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 are 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 the Research Data Services page for more information. is a simple way to preserve links. It helps scholars, journals, courts, and others create permanent records of the web sources they cite. is simple and free to use. Please contact Rebecca Welzenbach for more information.


Thousands of conversations about scholars' content happen online every day. Altmetrics tracks a range of sources to capture and collate this activity, helping you to monitor and report on the attention surrounding the work you care about. Understanding and interpreting the attention surrounding U-M's research can help identify areas of strength or those that need improvement, meaning you can better tailor support to realize long-term objectives. Please contact Rebecca Welzenbach for more information.


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. Questions about ORCID can be directed to

Division Structure

The Research unit is comprised of library staff in the following discipline-based teams: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, International  Studies, Asia Library, Clark Library, and the Copyright Office

Staff listing

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Last modified: 06/06/2019