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The OUR strives to help UK students' development as scholars who are research and career ready. Below are some helpful resources and guides as you embark upon your research journey.



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Research Poster Templates

Free collection of easy to use and customize PowerPoint research poster templates. Both modern and traditional templates available.

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Free Poster Printing for Undergrads

Are you presenting at a conference and need your research poster printed?

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is pleased to provide this service to the UK undergraduate community. We will print ONE student research poster free-of-charge per semester, if you are accepted to present your research at a professional conference, program or event.

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Lab Safety

Lab Research

Some research trainees (i.e. grad students / postdocs who work in a research lab) may still be required to come into their lab each day. Lab policies and procedures have changed due to COVID-19. 

Read UK Research's COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers

UK Research: COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers

EHS Safety Training

The University requires safety training classes to be completed before beginning certain types of work. These requirements apply to all individuals involved in the covered work, including students. Students will meet with their mentor to determine which safety trainings are required.

Go to EHS Safety Training

Research Ethics

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

UK Office of Research Integrity (ORI) - CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) module is the most general one and is required for all students working on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project. All students are welcome to complete any of the trainings to receive a certificate of completion. It is highly recommended for any student conducting independent research, working as a research assistant or on a grant funded project complete at least the RCR training.

To access the training, you will need to register and create a username and password. The training consists of ten modules which take about 20 minutes each. There are several multiple choice questions at the end of each module which you need to answer 80% correctly to pass.

For detailed instructions on how to login in to the CITI website and access the CITI modules follow this link.

Go to ORI Responsible Conduct of Research

What is an IRB?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding the University of Kentucky Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Go to IRB FAQs

Go to IRB Training and Education

What is Research Misconduct?

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) supports the institution in its efforts to promote ethical conduct of research.  The ORI provides educational materials and lectures to assist in educating faculty, staff, and students on federal, state, and local rules and regulations in the area of ethical research conduct. 

Go to the Definition of Research Misconduct

Go to Research Misconduct FAQs

UK Libraries Resources

Library Resources & Digital Research Assistance

How do I start my research paper if I can’t go to the library?

Librarians are available to assist students daily via chat (Ask Us) and email ( Zoom consultations may also be scheduled.

Library chat hours have been extended:

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday–Sunday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Additionally, librarians maintain a number of popular course guides and a variety of subject area research guides that can help you gather the information you need to develop research topics and complete your coursework successfully.

Academic Liaisons by Subject

Your Academic Liaison is available to provide assistance with your teaching, research, and library collection needs.

Go to UK Libraries Academic Liaison

Inspiration Station

Explore UK Undergraduate Research.  Projects are selected from the annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars.

Go to UK Libraries Inspiration Station

Research Data Management

Resources and information to help you get started with data management, data preservation, and data sharing.

Go to UK Libraries Research Data Management

Research Guides

Research guides prepared by USC librarians are now easier than ever to find through the UK Libraries' Quick Search service. 

Go to UK Libraries Research Guides


UKnowledge is a digital collection of unique scholarship created by UK faculty, staff, students, departments, research centers and administration.

Go to UKnowledge

Communicating Science

How to Write a Literature Review: Actionable Tips & Links

Great resource for defining a literature review, explaining the 5 essential elements, and outlining the process of writing a literature review.

Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review

A Brief Guide To Writing Your First Scientific Manuscript

Writing a Strong Abstract

Go to How to Write a Scientific Abstract

Abstracts should:

1.   Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. 

2.   Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. 

3.   Provide a brief description of the research methodology. 

4.   State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. 

5.   Include text only (no images or graphics)

6.   Be well-written and well-organized. 

Works Cited

Research and Citation Resources

Resources for Conducting and Using Research

Go to Research and Citation Resources

Citing Sources in a Research Paper - APA Format

Citing Sources in a Research Paper - MLA Format

Have a Question?

Have a question? Visit our FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions about undergraduate research at UK.  If you need additional assistance, we're just an email or phone call away!

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