Data management 101

Do you need help with data management? Not sure if you need a plan? This information is designed to help you.

Data Management Plans (DMPs) basics

Draft an effective data management plan and learn about tools & resources for completing your DMP.

Data security & backup

Ready to store or backup your data? Not sure where to store or back it up? Let us help.

Define & Document

Tips for research documentation as you work. Best practices for file naming and documenting your research practices and analyses.

Google Scholar

Want to get more out of something you already use? Configure Google Scholar so you can access CMU licensed materials directly through Google Scholar while you search.


Always know who’s who and what’s what. Use researcher, funder, and object Ids to disambiguate research and get permanent URLs for data and publications.

Managing citations

Keep track of the research materials you gather and simplify citing: use a citation management tool. Get recommendations and personal assistance.


Metadata helps document your data, allowing users to understand what the data is, how it was created, who created it, and how it may be used.

Open Science Framework

Open Science Framework is a free and open source tool that can be used for managing projects and collaborations in any discipline.

Symplectic Elements

Symplectic Elements is a research information management system provided by the University Libraries. It can be used to collect and analyze research output, and can serve as the single ‘research profile’ that you need to keep track of professional activities and publications. 

Using other people's work

Confused about when you can use someone's work in your research or teaching? This information explains fair use and how it can work for you.