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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research After Graduation: Saving your Data

Preparing to graduate from the University? The Library can help you through this transition.

Technology Services

What happens to my email account when I leave campus? How will the U of I community get in contact with me?

Contact the Technology Services Help Desk with any questions. They will work with your preferences and at your level of technical knowledge.

Free Solutions for Storing your Data

Portable Computer Data Storage Options

  • CD-R and RWs
  • DVD-R and RWs
  • USB or Thumb Drive

Not sure which option is best for you? See's Best Computer Backup System Buying Guide.

Purchase Solutions to Store your Data

You can purchase additional storage options for your computer or purchase storage from an online storage service.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools allow you to save your research data so that you can quickly access it and share with others.

Backing up Your Email Account

You can backup all your email by either using Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook. Forwarding your email does not guarantee you will have access to old emails. By backing up your email to another service, you archive your emails and ensure complete access.

For more information, please visit: Deactivation, Services available when leaving campus after graduation and Email, Leaving Campus and Your '' Email

Both of these instructions include backing up your current emails and adding them to a new email service:

Archiving your Scholarly Work

Use IDEALS @ Illinois to permanently store your research.  IDEALS is searchable, and gives you a permanent URL which links to your resource.  You can add this URL to your resume or website, or keep it for personal use.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship - unpublished and, in many cases, published - directly into IDEALS. Departments can use IDEALS to distribute their working papers, technical reports, or other research material.