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UDC Librarians are available to support your research and scholarship needs. We can provide individual consultations to help you find resources, develop research questions, or complete other scholarly activities.

You can request an appointment through our online scheduler.

We are also available for drop-in sessions at the Reference Desk. Our current Reference Desk hours are available here.

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the centralized unit charged with the coordination of research and sponsored programs activities on a campus-wide basis. The Office provides leadership, information, services, and support to the university community: faculty, research associates, students, and staff in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects in furtherance of the instruction, research, and public service mission of the University.

If you have questions about funding, grant writing, or other sponsored research opportunities, please contact Charles M. Sutton, Research Officer, by email or phone (202-274-6592).

Candid (Foundation Directory Online)

The Foundation Directory Online is a useful tool for finding potential sources of funding for projects. It is one of the foremost resources for finding information on philanthropic organizations. In the Foundation Directory Online you can search for:

  • Grantmakers - organizations that provide grant funding: over 100,000 organizations are in the Directory
  • Information on companies that provide grants: over 4,000 sponsoring companies
  • Specific grant opportunities: over 2.4 million recently awarded grants
  • 990 tax forms for these organizations: over 700,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF

This information can be used to help you locate sources of funding for your own projects and find information on how companies and philanthropic organizations distribute funds.

NOTE: Remote access to FDO Essentials is available by request. Email for access link.



If you're writing, publishing, or presenting, it's important that your name is attached to everything you create. That can be difficult if you've used multiple names on your work. ORCID is a FREE tool to help you claim your name on everything you've done. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

You can learn more about ORCID and claim your name today on their website.

Publishing Resources

Publishing is an important part of the faculty portfolio. The following resources are provided to help you navigate the academic publishing process.

Predatory Journals

Predatory journals are commercial driven enterprises that do not care about the quality of the research they publish. These ventures are solely designed to make money. Most predatory journals make false claims about their publishing process, author rights, quality of material, and accessibility of their products. 

Before you publish, keep an eye out for these predatory journal warning sigs:

  • The journal has a similar name to a reputable journal.
  • The journal is English language but based overseas.
  • The journal's subject matter is broad or unclear.
  • The publisher's website contains errors, poor grammar, broken links, etc.
  • The editor, board, and process are missing or unclear. Credentials are not listed.
  • You are unable to find the journal in UDC Journal Search or WorldCat.
  • The journal charges an exorbitant fee OR guarantees quick peer-review/publishing with a processing fee.

You can learn more about predatory journals in the resources below.