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Digital Scholarship

Introduction to digital scholarship resources, tools, and projects

Data Collection and Management

The resources below can help you to find sources for data collection and best practices for data management, including available tools. If you have questions, reach out to the digital scholarship team at the library ( 

Data Collection

  • Social Media Research: Find sources of social media data including Twitter, Facebook and others as well as resources on research methods and using social media data ethically in scholarship.
  •  Reference guide to data sources: In this research guide, you can find data produced by governments and the private sector on a wide variety of topics including demographic data on local communities, other countries, public opinion polls, criminal justice, incarceration and jails. 
  • Information and Library Science Research Guide: This guide provides useful resources for U-M School of Information (UMSI) students or anyone interested in research on the interdisciplinary field of information and library science.

Data Management

  • DS 101: Managing your data: This workshop presents practical skills and topics to develop and write a data management plan, from collection and storage, to consent agreements, and contingencies for sensitive information and data. A useful resource can be reviewing the Data Planning Checklist to make sure you cover all the different stages and tasks related to data management. 
  • Research Data: Finding, Managing, Sharing: This guide provides information about all aspects of data management and stewardship including finding, planning, organizing, documenting, sharing, and preserving your research data.
  • Managing citations: Find guidance on how to choose and use a citation management program. You can also consider checking EndNote basic and EndNote essentials to get further information on citation management EndNote.  
  • UM Sensitive Data Guide to IT Services: The guide is designed to help you make informed security and compliance decisions about which IT services to use when collecting, processing, storing, or sharing university data. This guide is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive catalog of all IT services available at U-M.
  • Embarrassments of riches: Managing research assets By Miriam Posner (2013): This blog post offers links and resources about developing and refining digital research workflows.


  • Tropy is a free open-source software that allows you to organize and describe photographs of research material.
  • PermaCC is a web archiving service for legal and academic citations 
  • Open Refine is an open-source desktop application for data cleanup and transformation to other formats.
  • TextCleanr is an open-source web application to fix and clean up text (removing email indents, space and line breaks, etc) when copying and pasting between applications.