Organizing and Storing Research Materials

University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf2-06279, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Scholars have many options not only for generating new research, but additionally for handling their wealth of research material. Over the course of their work, humanists gather hundreds, if not thousands, of different sources and citations. To help track the books, images, manuscripts, and online sources, researchers can use citation management software such as Zotero or EndNote. The University of Chicago Library provides guidance on the use of EndNote.

Some projects may benefit from use of the Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment (OCHRE). This browser-based database system allows for the storage of text and image objects, according to any framework the researcher wishes to use.

Humanists at times find themselves working with messy or inconsistent research data that can be difficult to process, particularly if it has been aggregated from multiple sources. OpenRefine is a tool to help clean and process spreadsheet data.

The University provides all faculty, students, and staff with file sharing and storage space on Box

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University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf2-06279, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library