The Researcher Toolkit  describes and points to on and off-campus resources available for each phase of a research project, from planning a research project to publishing your work and finishing the project. The resources are categorized according to the research data lifecycle, and it’s important to remember that phases often happen concurrently, and may not happen in the same order as they are presented—each research project is different. To prevent content from becoming outdated, this site directly links to resources for the latest information on services or best practices. You may also have access to resources in your local department, which aren’t listed in this toolkit.

The Acronyms page defines the acronyms that are found throughout the site; it has been developed to make understanding the site easier.

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The Researcher Toolkit is a joint project between WID, the Data Science Hub, the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute, the UW-Madison Libraries, and DoIT. The Researcher Toolkit was formerly the Research Project Resource Guide (RPRG).