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Digital Research and Inquiry Lab

What is Digital Research at AU?

Digital Research is the application of modern digital technologies to advance or supplement the traditional process of scholarly exploration, discovery, and sharing. It refers to any scholarly activity that uses digital technologies to advance conventional methods of analysis, make certain kinds of research questions possible, and publish research in novel formats. These technologies can be applied to any stage of the research process to develop new methods for collaboration, visualization, analysis, and publication.

See what you can do with digital research! Explore a selection of projects created with the support of AU’s Digital Research services and staff.

Learn more about Digital Research methods, resources, and tools by checking out our LibGuide.


The American University Library will be a centralized and comprehensive source for the use of digital technologies in support of scholarship, where any researcher can easily find relevant information, community, and support.


The Library will lead scholarship at AU in new directions, encourage collaboration between disciplines, and support innovative research at AU by providing support, expertise, programming, and community related to digital research and technologies.

What We Do

The Digital Research and Inquiry program at American University Library is a cross-collaborative group in the Library that provides expertise, training, and resources to help you integrate technology with scholarly inquiry of all kinds. We can support you at all stages of the digital research project lifecycle by:

  • Exploring options for digital projects
  • Advising on digital project design and methods
  • Providing technical expertise and training
  • Planning the preservation of your work
  • Supporting digital research assignments for your courses

Digital Research Events at CTRL

Explore the full calendar of events