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Digital Sciences Research Guide


Welcome to the Digital Sciences Lib Guide. In this guide, you will find useful information about library resources and other academic related information that will help you succeed in your program here at Kent State University and beyond.

Digital Sciences @ Kent State

The Digital Science Program was started as an independent and Interdisciplinary program in that it was not affiliated with any of the university's colleges and drew faculty from various colleges on campus. Since Fall 2016, the school is now part of the College of Communication and Information, but is still interdisciplinary. Students in the Digital Sciences program are permitted to take classes from other programs as part of their major.

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School of Digital Sciences

College of Communication & Information 

Department of Computer Science

Department of Management Information Systems



Calendar Information

Walk-in Advising-  MTWR 2-3pm. Please visit the Digital Sciences website for more information on Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Advising or send an inquiry email to :


New! Walk-in Research Help with a Librarian- Get help with Finding articles, Avoiding Plagiarism, Citations etc. Come to the library during the office hours below (ask at the Reference Desk ) or send an email to make an appointment.

Office Hours

Peggy Nzomo (Global Education Librarian)- Thursdays 2pm- 4pm- or email:

Trevor Watkins (Science Librarian)-  Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am-11am- or

Searching Databases & Google Scholar

This workshop covers how to search databases and Google scholar.  The workshop will explore how to choose appropriate databases for your research and how to search these databases. Students will learn how to develop effective search strategies, enabling them to find the most relevant, useful resources. It will be offered on the dates and times below during the Fall semester. Please register online at:

Monday October 2, 2017 - 9:15am-10:30am- RM 152 Main Library

Monday October 30, 2017- 5:15pm - 6:30pm- RM 152 Main Library

You may also access additional information on your own through the following links:

  • KSU's library tutorials

  • Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL):  Writing in North American Higher Education context: A primer for International students.

    • This website is an introduction to the basics of academic writing for non-native speakers of English, who are also new to American colleges and universities.


Avoiding Plagiarism & Citation Basics

The Avoiding plagiarism section will cover definitions of plagiarism, the University policy on Plagiarism, and will teach strategies on how to avoid plagiarism, while the Citation Basics part  will explore the different citation styles (mainly APA and MLA) and  will also teach how to write your reference list or Bibliography. You will be given an opportunity to attend other sessions or to get extra help as needed. Please register online at: This workshop will be offered on the following dates during the fall semester:

Thursday September 21, 2017 - 2:15pm- 3:30pm- Main Library RM 152

Monday October 9, 2017- 2:15pm- 2:30pm- Main Library RM 152

Friday October 20, 2017- 10:50am- 12:05pm- Main Library RM 152

Useful additional information on plagiarism  and Citation Basics can be accessed through the following links:


MLA & APA Workshops

Workshops that cover each of the citation styles in detail will be offered on the following dates:


Tuesday September 26- 2:15pm-3:30pm- Main Library Room 152

Thursday October 19 - 2:15pm-3:30pm- Main Library RM 152


Friday, September 29- 2:15pm-3:30pm- Main Library RM 152

Thursday, October 26- 5:15pm-6:30pm- Main Library RM 152

Additional information on the citation styles can be obtained thru the following links:


Citation Management

Organize your research! Citation Managers (Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote ) can help you: Organize citations & pdfs · Create instant bibliographies · Create a personal database of sources you have found · Format papers with in-text citations and bibliographies · Share your database with others · and more…. This workshop will be offered on the following dates:

Thursday September 9, 2017, 10:50am- 12:05pm- Main Library RM 152

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:15-6:30pm- Main Library RM 152

Register online at:



Grow as a Professional and
 for GPAD Workshops


The Division of Graduate Studies will be hosting our Graduate Professional and Academic Development (GPAD). The FALL 2017 GPAD Workshop series is scheduled for September 25-29 in 319 Kent Student Center, with workshops offered at 10am, 12pm and 2pm each day. The GPAD workshops are a collaborative initiative between the Division of Graduate Studies and other campus units that cover topics like personal branding, searching for grant funding, interviewing, conducting field research on a budget, and more.

A full schedule for GPAD workshops will be announced in early Fall. Students who attend at least three GPAD workshops during the semester will receive a "GPAD Certificate of Participation" that can be added to a CV or resume. All workshops are free to attend and refreshments will be served.

Questions? Please contact Kyle Reynolds at or 330-672-1466..

2018 Symposium: APRIL 19-20, 2018

Kent Student Center


The annual Graduate Research Symposium has grown to be the largest annual research event on campus, consistently hosting more than 300 individual presentations for the past three years!  The event itself features oral and poster presentations by graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines.  Faculty serve as judges for groups of presentations sharing similar themes or representing common areas of study.  The Symposium is concluded with an awards luncheon which features a keynote address and presentation of awards to exemplary presenters.

Please contact Elizabeth Melick at about the 2018 Symposium.

For information about previous years' events, please see  Past Symposia page.


Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

The next symposium will be April 5, 2018. Abstracts will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2017 to Feb. 15, 2018. All research, scholarly work, or creative activity must be completed in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor.

Benefits of the symposium

Participate in an academically enriching experience

Build your professional resume

Win cash awards for exemplary presentations

Not participating? That's OK — Come support your classmates,
and learn more about student research opportunities. Earn FLASHPerks!

Learn more at : or send an email to or contact the Student Research Director Ann Gosky, at, or 330-672-0837.




Join us for a workshop on Research tools

Date: Thursday Jan 19th, 6-8pm

Place: Kent State University Library- First Floor- Quiet Study area

Learn to:

  • .Write awesome abstracts
  • Design Powerful posters!
  • Craft Presentations with a Punch!

Prepare for upcoming symposia while you mingle with other student researchers.

* This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Research, KSU Libraries, Graduate Student Senate and Undergraduate Student Government.

Visit the Office of Student Research website to learn about more events:




Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The SURE program funds promising undergraduate researchers for eight weeks over the summer to engage in faculty-supervised research. The SURE program will support students with a $2,800 stipend and on-campus housing if needed. Faculty are provided with a $400 stipend to offset the cost of supplies/materials necessary for the research.

June 12, 2017- August 4, 2017

Submit Applications from January 23- March 1, 2017.

Sponsored by: Research and Sponsored Programs and Office of the President

Learn more:





Date: This event took place on:Thursday, January 26th,  6pm-8pm

Venue: Library Fab 4th- Main Library (4th Floor)

Free Food: Come join other incoming international students and their families and socialize over dinner.

Socialize: Come and make new friends and learn about other cultures from around the world.

Advice/ Experiences: Come and hear a panel of 4 international students talk about their experiences at KSU.

Academics: Come and hear about library services and how we can help you succeed in your studies.

Register online at: