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*Overview of RSCW Support

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For questions, more information, or other concerns, please contact any member of the University Libraries Scholarly Communication Department:

Jen Mayer
Head of Scholarly Communication
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Nicole Webber
Scholarly Communication Librarian
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Stephanie Wiegand
Scholarly Publishing Librarian
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Planning and Organizing Your Scholarship

Planning and organizing for research is an iterative process.

Institutional Approval of Research

For research involving humans or animal subjects, all members of the UNC community are required to submit their research plans for review. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research involving human participants. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews research involving animal subjects. For additional information, see Research Integrity and Compliance.

Research Plans

SAGE Research Method's Project Planner includes a mechanism for planning and tracking your research process.


There are multiple tools on campus to help researchers identify a methodology and/or instrument for research. SAGE Research Methods is a multi-media database that assists researchers in learning about and choosing an appropriate methodology.

The Research Consulting Lab and Social Research Lab are both campus entities that help researchers formulate research instruments. The Research Consulting Lab is available at no cost to the UNC Community. The Social Research Lab offers extended services (including data gathering), but costs money.

For researchers who want to use or modify an existing instrument, the Survey, Instruments and Tests library guide lists databases that index research instruments and additional methods for identifying instruments. Your subject and liaison librarian may know of additional tools for identifying research instruments in your field. If you experience difficulty in accessing an instrument you have identified, please contact your subject and liaison librarian

Organizing Literature

The UNC community has access to RefWorks, a tool that is primarily known for citation management. However, the RefWorks now allows users to upload and store PDFs, organize literature with folders and tags, read and annotate full-text documents, and share documents between researchers.