Research in Libraries and School of Information Studies

The research expertise at Purdue Libraries include information literacy studies, evidence synthesis, research data management, as well as information studies in various disciplines including digital humanities, geospatial information, archival studies, open science, etc. Purdue Libraries faculty and research staff members collaborate with colleagues within Purdue or across universities to apply library science principles to the management of information and data. They are research and educational partners in the integration of information in learning and research projects.

Purdue Libraries promotes interdisciplinary collaborations with the emphasis of information integration in various research and learning opportunities. Our researchers are working in four Research Excellence Areas in Libraries (REALs) to provide information integration in learning, research and beyond.

Research in Libraries and School of Information Studies


Nicole Kong
Associate Dean for Research
(765) 496-9474
Wilmeth Active Learning Center 3053J

Research interests: Geographic Information Systems, Geospatial data discovery, integration, visualization, and management.

Research Excellence Areas in Libraries (REALs)

Purdue Libraries Research expertise are organized around the following four areas. The Libraries Research Council consist the leaders of each REAL group.

Research & Support at Libraries

An online, collaboration and data-sharing platform to support Purdue researchers and collaborators providing guidance and consultations at all stages of research
Scholarly Resources
Access to the latest scholarly journals, print and electronic books, databases, streaming videos, and government documents
Open Access Publishing Partnerships
Opportunities for Purdue authors to publish their articles as open access in scholarly journals with major publishers at no cost to them
A central resource to promote and expand experiential learning for undergraduate students through research experiences with skilled research mentors

Copyright Office
Provides information and guidance on using copyrighted works for teaching and research, as well as advising on the creation and ownership of copyrighted works
Archives and Special Collections
Support the discovery, learning, and engagement by identifying, collecting, preserving, and making available distinctive collections of archives, manuscripts, and rare books
Integrating geospatial information and spatial analysis into your research, teaching, and outreach
Purdue Press
The Press publishes 25 new books and 16 journals each year in addition to offering a wide array of scholarly publishing services to campus that align with the university’s priorities.

Recent Projects

Diplomacy Lab

Matt Hannah - January 2023
At Libraries and School of Information Studies, we are actively seeking solutions to the misinformation epidemic. One faculty member at the forefront, Dr. Matthew N. Hannah, is exploring the public impacts of information technology and the way such technology facilitates and accelerates the growth and spread of viral online conspiracy theories.
Three Libraries Faculty Awarded Research Seed Grants

Chao Cai, Heather Howard, Gang Shao - March 2023
The Libraries Research Council has voted to support three research seed grant proposals that will advance the Research Excellence Areas in Libraries (REALs). The selected seed grant projects will occur between now and the end of August.
Spring Undergraduate Research Conference

OUR - April 2023
The Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference is the largest showcase of undergraduate research. This judged event highlights the scholarly work and creative endeavors undergraduate students have been engaged in through oral or poster presentations.