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Getting Started with Digital Scholarship

3D Printing and Modeling

Stop by the library makerspace and check out the new 3D printer! Starting this semester all students will be able to schedule time on the Airwolf3D HD2X, an amazing machine that can print with over twenty different materials. As a dual-extrusion printer, it can also print in two colors or materials at once! <br>Unlike many university 3D-printing services, in our makerspace you help oversee the entire printing process, from making your digital model water-tight to prepping the printer, dialing-in the settings, and fixing any issues that might arise in real-time while your object is being made. All you need to get started is a 3D model (in .stl format) and your Pirate Card. We have a wide variety of filaments on hand that will satisfy nearly any application you can imagine, and you will only be charged for the amount of filament you actually use, making our 3D-printing services an extremely affordable option for everyone. When your print is finished, feel free to stick around the makerspace and use our large selection of post-processing tools to clean up your object and give it a professional look.


Annotation Studio allows students to collaboratively annotate texts that are in digital form. is an extension for the Chrome browser that lets users annotate webpages. If a particular class is studying political rhetoric, for example, and a faculty member assigns online articles to read, students can annotate the articles directly through their web browsers, and they also can see all of the annotations that other students have made. It's a lot like using the comment feature in Google Docs or (to a lesser extent) track changes in Word, and it basically does away with the need to physically print webpages. It also naturally increases collaboration among readers and makes it easier for teachers to keep track of student participation (all annotations are signed and time-stamped).

Digital Exhibits is an online platform that allows you to build digital exhibits. Omeka is very useful for student projects that have a curation element, where students are grouping and interpreting texts, sound files, images, and other multimedia objects.

Oral History and Sound Projects

Are you interested in incorporating oral history methods in your teaching?  The True Stories Project provides sample assignments and other resources.  Click here to learn how to reserve and use the SLC sound booth to conduct oral history interviews and generate sound files for digital projects.

Social Media

Incorporating a class blog is a great way to enhance interactivity and facilitate student reflection.  Wordpress allows you to set up a class blog where students can draft, categorize, and tag posts, and comment on each other's posts.

Before assigning students to post to a class blog, it is a good idea to have a conversation with them about their online identities, and to give them privacy options if they are not comfortable posting publicly to the class blog.  This Social Media Privacy Agreement can help guide the conversation.

Text Analysis

Voyant is an online tool that allows you to analyze texts that are in digital form.  Voyant creates word clouds that students can manipulate to explore patterns in word frequency.

Text Encoding

Text encoding using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines is a unique way to facilitate close-reading skills, engage students with archival texts, and encourage digital literacy.