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Consultation Services

The following events and services are to help faculty and graduate students with their research needs. OU Libraries offers several consultation types available on a variety of topics.

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Data Services Unit

The Data Services Unit (formerly DAVIS) supports OU community members with their data needs. Consult with specialists and graduate assistants who are familiar with working with data, including management, analysis and visualization. With the ability to ask questions and receive guidance, Data Services is the focal point to help faculty, researchers, and students work with their data.


  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/maps
  • Research data management and data plans
  • Python and R for informatics
  • Natural language analyses
  • High performance computing/working with OSCER, OU’s high performance computing center
  • OU Institutional Data
  • Software and Data Carpentries
  • Student assessment, rubric design, program assessment


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Digital Scholarship

Digital Scholarship supports collaborative, cross-disciplinary research using emerging technologies. Through workshops, consultation, and training, our Digital Scholarship Specialists help faculty and graduate students identify innovative digital tools and resources that build on traditional research and teaching methods.


  • Organizing and cleaning data
  • Hosting digital content
  • Analyzing and visualizing data
  • Mapping data
  • Creating digital collections or exhibits
  • Building blogs or websites
  • Analyzing text
  • Using programming languages


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The Informatics Department provides consultation services for the University of Oklahoma faculty and staff. We provide expert insight and technical development for a wide variety of research workflows. Our main goal is to strive to find a solution that fits your needs, working to simplify web-enabled application development and automation of research processes while generating increased exposure of your research to a greater community. Contact Tyler Pearson for more information.


  • Grant Funding Collaboration
  • Broader Impact - Web-enabled Research
  • Data Life Cycle / Data Management
  • Software Development
  • Workflow Automation
  • Reproducible Workflow
  • Metadata and Provenance
  • Code Management - Version Control
  • Technical Tutorials and Workshops


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Office of Open Initiatives

As part of OU Libraries' Scholarly Communication & Collection Management division, the Open Initiatives & Scholarly Communication unit provides advocacy, information, programs, and services designed to increase information access.  

We hold hybrid open office hours on Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. via Zoom and in Collaboration Room LL2104 of the Data Services Unit (formerly DAVIS), on Lower Level 2 of the Bizzell Memorial Library.


Our full range of Open @ OU services and initiatives are detailed at

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Presentation Consultations

Presentation Consultations offer personalized instruction to students, faculty, or staff experiencing communication apprehension or "stage fright" as well as help with overall presentation design and organization. Presentation coaches work one-on-one or with groups within the University of Oklahoma community from the initial brainstorming all the way through practice delivering presentations.


  • Topic selection
  • Researching appropriate data
  • Organizing and refining information
  • Source citation
  • Presentation delivery
  • Visual aids (e.g. PowerPoint, graphics, posters, etc.)

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Research Consultations

Liaison librarians provide research services to support teaching, learning, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Faculty, staff, and students can schedule research consultations with liaison librarians for assistance locating and implementing information sources. Book a one-on-one or group research consultation with the liaison librarian for your discipline.


  • Support for teaching and research
  • Analyses and digital tools
  • Appropriate literature for specific academic disciplines
  • Workshops
  • Instruction Sessions

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Research Impact Metrics

"Research impact" refers to the influence of a scholar's work. Tools to track and measure impact are designed to help researchers understand how their work is being used and how it fits into the scholarship of their field overall. Understanding the impact of one's research can help scholars build tenure and promotion cases, select publication outlets for future work, and identify potential collaborators. 


  • How a scholar's work is cited.
  • How widely a scholar's work is read.
  • Who is reading and using a scholar's work.
  • What subsequent scholarship has a scholar influenced.
  • A scholar's article comparisons between different journals.


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Special Research Collections

Special Research Collections is a division within OU Libraries, and its purpose is to enhance the University Libraries general collection. OU Libraries' special collections consists of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts that cover a variety of research topics such as the history of the American West, science, medicine, and technology. These collections are separate from OU Libraries' general collection for special curatorial treatment and storage. Consultations for special collections include assistance on finding appropriate resources within a collection for a research topic, searching OU Libraries catalogs and databases for special collection materials, and answering bibliographic and archival inquiries about OU Libraries' special collections.