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Research Services

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Support for Digital Scholarship

Digital scholarship includes the use of digital content and computational tools to transform scholarship and enable new forms of research. Examples of digital scholarship projects include:

  • creation of online exhibits
  • creation of websites and blogs
  • use of timeline tools to display and analyze content
  • integration of statistics or images into digital maps
  • using text mining to understand and analyze literature

Our support for digital scholarship is collaborative. The Libraries work with partners across campus including Educational Technology ServicesImaging CenterCenter for Media ProductionSpatial Analysis LabCATS, and others, depending on the tools, content and expertise needed to realize a project.  

Interested in learning more or have an idea for a project? Contact us at and someone from the Libraries or our partners will respond to help you get started.

Instruction Services

Classes at Smith make extensive use of the Libraries’ collections and the expertise of our staff to do cutting-edge research. To help students develop their skills as expert researchers, Smith’s librarians, archivists, and curators offer workshops and class sessions tailored to the needs of a class or assignment. Sessions can focus on the basics of doing academic research; the use of digital tools for finding, organizing and presenting information; or the tools needed to master research in a particular discipline. Teaching librarians can also teach your class about citation management using Zotero. Classes can visit our Special Collections for a hands-on encounter with archives or rare books. For more information, see Special Collections Instruction.

Request Instruction:  Faculty should use this form to request a library instruction session. We also encourage faculty to contact us when creating a research assignment for advice about how to best incorporate the Libraries’ services and resources. To learn more, contact a library liaison or email us at