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Research Support: Overview

 Research Support

Research SupportOver the last decade, academic libraries have built upon their traditional collections and reference service models to incorporate services that include support for digital scholarship, discoverability of research, and identification of funding sources for research (Alexander, Case, Downing, Gomis, & Maslowski, 2014). More recent studies (Cox, 2018; Webb, 2020) reveal considerable value connected to the ways in which libraries and affiliated units can partner with researchers in their efforts to disseminate research through open access, digital scholarship, and more.

The Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (NTLC) serves Kean University’s commitment to research through a Research Support unit that engages with the Kean community as it creates and shares knowledge. While the NTLC provides access to a vast collection of information resources, it also fosters internal and external collaboration and delivers services designed to support the research enterprise and scholarly communication. The Research Support unit endeavors to serve Kean community members through all stages of the research process, with support provided for researchers as they seek and access information, manage citations and data, and seek funding and publishing opportunities. In addition, the NTLC has established Digital Commons as a platform for publishing open access, digital scholarship. Research consultation services, in-person and online workshops, and asynchronous support through videos and online guides are available to faculty researchers, doctoral and other graduate students, and undergraduate researchers.

Research Consultations

Kean librarians are available for research consultation appointments. To view appointment availability, visit our Appointment Scheduler.

Interlibrary Loan

From time to time, you will likely find that the Learning Commons does not have a specific book, article, or other item that you need for your research. In these instances, the Learning Commons may be able to obtain the item for you from another lending library via our Interlibrary Loan system. Please submit an Interlibrary Loan request either through that item's WorldCat Discovery record or by submitting an Interlibrary Loan request form.

Citation Management

The Learning Commons provides access to EndNote Online, a platform that enables researchers to manage their citations and build bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Visit our EndNote Online guide for instructions on how to create an EndNote account.

In addition, visit our Citation Style Resources guide for information on a variety of citation styles.

Writing Support

Writing Services offers writing support for Kean's researchers, with workshops and other services tailored for faculty members, doctoral candidates and other graduate students, as well as undergraduate researchers. Visit the Writing Services page for additional information.

24/7 Chat

You may access research assistance even when the Learning Commons is closed. Please submit your questions through the Learning Commons Support Chat widget on the Learning Commons website. This chat service is available 24/7.

Grant Funding Opportunities

Kean University subscribes to the Pivot-RP database, which Kean researchers may use to identify and connect with new opportunities for funding and collaboration. Please visit the Publishing Resources guide for additional resources that will support efforts by Kean faculty and students to publish their scholarly research and creative works.

Publishing Resources

The Learning Commons provides a number of resources to help faculty and students who seek to publish their research. Visit the Publishing Resources guide for access to information on open access/OER publishing, resources for selecting a publisher for your book manuscript, and resources for identifying a journal for your article manuscript.

Research Support Videos


Alexander, L., Case, B. D., Downing, K. E., Gomis, M., & Maslowski, E. (2014). Librarians and scholars: Partners in digital humanities. Educause Review, 22(2–3), 144.

Cox, J. (2018). Positioning the academic library within the institution: A literature review. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 24(3-4), 217–241.

Webb, K. (2020). Benchmarking library creative spaces for research support and faculty/librarian partnerships. Journal of Learning Spaces, 9(2).