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DSCI 350M/LIB 350M Humanities Research Data Management

A course guide for Humanities Research Data Management

Your Research Tools

Your Research Tools

Research tools will be crucial for successfully accomplishing your term-based project. Many are supplied to you through the UO Libraries either free or paid with student tuition dollars.

What can you find on this page?

  • The Oregon Encyclopedia
  • Library and Archives Databases
  • Internet Search Engines and Crowd Sourced Information
  • Citation Management and Style Guides
  • Tools for Collecting Objects and Metadata for Your Term-Project

It's important to note that after graduation you may lose or have limited access to the tools listed on this page. Check-in with the UO Libraries if this is a concern of yours.

Oregon Encyclopedia - Great for Topic Selection and Background Research

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The Oregon Encyclopedia

The Oregon Encyclopedia is is an authoritative publication about the history of Oregon. This is a great place to start your research when figuring out what topics interest you.

Library & Archive Databases - Background Research & Primary Sources

This is just a sample of what Library and Archive Databases are available. Talk with your teacher and librarians to learn more about what is available to you. Make sure to talk to them about your research topic during office hours or a consultation.

Google & Wikipedia

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Using Generative AI in DSCI 350M/LIB 350M means being transparent, honest, and learning-centric. 


Generative AI is still developing and will keep evolving. You will most likely encounter it at some point during your personal and academic life. In fact, engagement with it will increase for the foreseeable future. You should ALWAYS check what answers Generative AI supplies you. Confirming truth and fact is important when making claims and assertions.

Generative AI bots like ChatGPT, Dall-E, Poe, Bard, Co-Point all have use pros and cons when it comes to research. Key points that you should be away of when using Generative AI include:

  • Plagiarism - When you steal and/or do not give credit to someone's work.
  • Security & Privacy Vulnerabilities - Your personal information supplied to the bots and used without your consent.
  • Inaccurate or Fake Information - Asking a question and getting an answer from a bot won't always be correct. You can ask if it supply you with a list of books about "Women Workers in Oregon between 1930-1950" and have fake or unfactual information shared.
  • Dishonesty - Generative AI can write for you. Claiming its work as your own lack integrity. Don't do it.

Approaches to using Generative AI to support your research digital collection project. These are only a few.

  • Copyediting
  • Brainstorming Keywords for Searching
  • Research topic ideation
  • Transforming text into Markdown or HTML code
  • Making checklists

Citation Management & MLA Style

Citation Management Tool Recommendation

Zotero logo  Zotero - A citation management tool used for collection articles, book chapters, web pages, and documents.

Zotero is a free, open source desktop application that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share research. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. This guide has information on how to get started with using Zotero, from installing the application and its plugins, to adding sources to your library, to generating in-text citations and reference lists.

Object and Metadata Collecting

Links and information about these resources and their access are available on the UO Canvas Course website.

Digital Storage

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft SharePoint


  • Microsoft Excel
  • Google Sheets

Word Processing

  • Microsoft Word
  • Plain Text Editors for Mac and Windows