Welcome back for another great semester! The Research Commons team has a lot planned for an invigorating and productive semester. The Research Commons will be open during the following hours for the Spring 2017 semester:

Mondays: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room Reservations

Researchers can reserve group project rooms in the Research Commons up to a week in advance or for same day reservations using the online room reservation system.


The Research Commons will continue to offer one-on-one consultation appointments with our partners throughout the University Libraries and around campus.  Researchers can schedule consultations using our online consultation system, and walk-ins are also welcome! Consultations offered this spring include:

Copyright Resources Center Wednesdays, 2:00-5:00 p.m
Data Management  Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Funding Opportunities  Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Geospatial Information Services (GIS) Mondays, 1:00-5:00 p.m
Human Subjects Research (IRB) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m; Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m
Industry Liaison Office Third Thursday of each month, 1:00-2:30 p.m
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Every other Friday, 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m
Knowledge Bank & Libraries Publishing Program  Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ohio Supercomputer Center  Every other Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m.
OSU Research Purchasing Every other Monday, 3 – 4 p.m.
Research Impact  Tuesdays, 12 – 2 p.m.


The Research Commons team is dedicated to bringing you the most advantageous and effective workshops to help you succeed in your academic research. This semester, we are hosting over thirty workshops focused on various research topics such as finding funding, the IRB process, data management, presenting research, and citation management. See the full list of Spring 2017 workshops at our events page.

Check out some of our upcoming workshops, which may especially be of interest to graduate students:

Prepare, Present, and Preserve: Moving Your Research Posters from Physical to Digital

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/sp17-research-poster-workshop/

Join the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and the Knowledge Bank to learn more about best practices for presenting your research with posters and opportunities to preserve them digitally. If you’re a graduate student preparing for the Hayes Research Forum or another spring conference, then this session is for you!

Who: OSU graduate students
When: Monday, January 30, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

IRB Training for Graduate Students

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/sp17-irb-graduate-students/

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop for graduate students on how to navigate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. This workshop will cover the following key topics:

  • Understanding why we have an IRB process
  • Exploring types of research and levels of review
  • Reviewing application components
  • Tips for successful application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help
  • Q&A

Who: OSU graduate students
When: Wednesday, February 1, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Zotero Basics: Citation Management Training

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/sp17-zotero-basics/

Join the Libraries’ Research Services department for an overview of Citation Management Software tools, and specifics on how you can use Zotero to organize your references, create bibliographies, and more as you prepare for your next paper or publication.

BYOD: Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices for hands-on participation, and our presenter will be available afterward for consultations.

Who: OSU graduates, postdocs, and faculty
When: Tuesday, February 7, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Grants for Graduate Students: How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/sp17-cgs-grants-workshop/

Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum.

Who: OSU graduates
When: Monday, Februrary 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library