The Libraries are resuming limited in-person research activities by appointment only as part of the University's Research Restart Plan.
Learn more about the Libraries' entry requirements and available services.

Consulting, training, and other services

Drop-in Research Consulting

Drop-in consulting for your research projects will be available from 1-3 pm most Thursday afternoons during the 2020 Spring Quarter. Our library staff will be on-hand to help you with a wide variety of software, coding, and data issues. Please check the schedule below for the dates we will be available.

Consultations in the spring quarter will be done only via Zoom! Connect with us at

Contact us at with any questions about this service.

Consulting schedule

Location: strictly via zoom at
Time: 1pm-3pm

Apr 9  Kim Durante, Amy Hodge
Apr 16  Zac Painter, Amy Hodge
Apr 23  Linnea Shieh, Zac Painter
Apr 30  Amy Hodge, Joseph Makokha
May 7  Zac Painter, Linnea Shieh
May 14  Kim Durante, Joseph Makokha
May 21 Zac Painter, Joseph Makokha
May 28 Linnea Shieh, Joseph Makokha
 Expertise Available at one or more of the sessions will include:
Arduino Excel Shell
Best practices Git


DOIs (digital object identifiers) Intellectual Property (IP) for engineers & scientists Stanford Digital Repository
Data cleaning Machine learning Stata
Data management & data management plans Mechatronics/automation Statistical analysis
Data sources Open Refine Tableau
Data visualization Python Unix
Databases and SQL (structured query language) R  
Engineering design Reproducibility  

Workshops and training

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We hold workshops open to anyone at Stanford on topics like Best Practices for Your Research Data and the Data Management Planning Tool. See our workshop descriptions on the Events page.

We are happy to provide training or instruction to your lab or research group on topics of interest to you.

We love students! We can talk with your class about keeping data organized and other best practices.

We are available to participate in your lab meeting, staff meeting, faculty meeting, symposium, boot camp or brown-bag event. We can do 5 minutes to an hour (or more!). Just let us know what you'd like to hear about and when! 


Data management plans

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We can help you create a data management plan (DMP) for your next research grant proposal.

We provide access to and Stanford-specific content for the DMPTool (Data Management Planning Tool), which can help you create a DMP. This includes text regarding the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) that you can cut and paste into your DMP.

We can review your data management plan and make suggestions. We are also happy to verify whether your intended use of the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) as described in your plan matches up with the SDR services we provide.


Other services

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Social Science Data: The Social Science Data and Software group at Green Library provides services and support for social science data acquisition and the use of analytical software.

Geographical Data: The Stanford Geospatial Center at Branner Library provides geographical data acquisition, consultation, and workshops.

Patient Data: The Center for Clinical Informatics at the medical center provides access to clinical data for research, as well as other clinical informatics services and consultations.

Finding and using federal, state, local, or international government data

Charts from ITS of data storage and backup solutions at Stanford 

The Dean of Research provides information for your research enterprise.