Digital Commons Data @ USF: Our New Data Repository

Reading Time: 2 minutes Earlier this year, USF Libraries rolled out Digital Commons Data Repository @ USF (DCD), a new data platform that stores and shares datasets produced by University of South Florida researchers. Overview A data repository is a tool used to share and store …Continue Reading

Digital Commons Roadshow: Learn More About Library Digital Services

Reading Time: < 1 minute USF Libraries’ Digital Commons at USF is more than just a repository for research and archives. It is also a valuable tool, backed by a team of experts, to help you achieve your goals for tenure and promotion. In addition to free …Continue Reading

Open Refine: A Beginners Guide

Reading Time: 4 minutes Guest post from Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian, USF Libraries, Tampa campus. Well-formed data is a luxury. When working with large datasets, researchers must engage in clean-up that includes fixing spelling mistakes or creating consistent numbering patterns. Without these changes, …Continue Reading

Citation Management Tools

Reading Time: < 1 minute Citation tools, which you might see referred to as “citation management tools”, help researchers by managing, organizing, and formatting references for research projects. The University of South Florida Libraries supports three of these tools, including Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero. 


Reading Time: 2 minutes After digitizing resources, libraries face another obstacle when it comes to making resources readily available to researchers, and that is the obstacle of discoverability. Transkribus can help make handwritten text fully searchable.

Open Source Tools for Exhibit Building

Reading Time: 3 minutes As we all navigate through a world with more online meetings, learning, and events than ever before, finding a way to express our thoughts visually has presented new challenges and opportunities. There are a lot of exciting ways to incorporate exhibits and webpages into your classes or Digital Humanities projects, whether you’re using your own photos, items from Digital Collections, or research collected during your last visit to Special Collections. USF Libraries subscribes to two of the leading platforms for creating exhibit content, Omeka and ArcGIS StoryMaps. Below, we’ll introduce both of those platforms along with other open source and subscription-based platforms available to USF students.

Trint Transcription Service

Reading Time: 2 minutes A comprehensive oral history interview can sometimes run up to 3 hours long. If you’ve ever transcribed an oral history, you know it can take at least 4 hours of typing for every hour of audio, if the speaker is easily understood and the audio is of high quality. Once this first phase of transcription is complete, the finer points of editing are tackled: formatting, proper punctuation, and research of key terminology is done, adding significantly to the overall timeline for the completed transcript… (Continue Reading)

Media and Copyright in the Classroom

Reading Time: < 1 minute Incorporating media into online classes should be simple, right? Barbara Lewis and LeEtta Schmidt, USF Libraries’ Digital Learning Librarian and Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, made an open presentation to address these questions and help USF faculty move their courses and instructional activities online.

Emaze for presentations

Reading Time: 3 minutes In this Digital Dialogs Tools of the Trade post, we’re going to talk about a different kind of online tool: eMaze (  Emaze is an online tool for creating presentations, websites, blogs, photo albums, and e-cards.  This post will concentrate on presentations …Continue Reading

Digital Learning Objects & Tools to Supplement Instruction

Reading Time: < 1 minute Students and instructors may feel hard pressed to locate resources to replicate the learning experiences of physical classrooms as classes and course work move to an online environment. The USF Libraries has created a guide to capture these resources and provide instructors an access point to curated collections of digital learning objects and tools.

Mind Mapping

Reading Time: 3 minutes *post by Barbara Lewis and LeEtta Schmidt Mind and concept mapping are processes by which ideas, knowledge, and problems are visually documented and organized. While there are differences between mind maps (single topic, center-out hierarchical structure, documenting ideas/brainstorming) and concepts maps (complex …Continue Reading

Evaluating and picking the right tool to help your research

Reading Time: 2 minutes Your copyright librarian here.  While I find all aspects of copyright fascinating, of particular interest to me is how authors, writers, composers, etc., feel about copyright and the idea of intellectual property.  I’ve been gathering massive amounts of information on this topic …Continue Reading

Tools Intro – Tiki-Toki

Reading Time: 2 minutes Digital storytelling, text analysis, data visualization, online exhibits, web scraping, etc. All of these are some of the ways in which digital humanists, digital social scientists, digital scientists – let’s just call them digital-ists – collect, process, analysis, and disseminate their research. …Continue Reading

Voyant Tools

Reading Time: 3 minutes Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis platform designed to help scholars and students with both macroscopic and microscopic analysis of textual works. It was designed by Stefan Sinclair (McGill University) and Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta) and is open-source …Continue Reading