Chicago State University

Research Resources

The CTRE is committed to providing CSU faculty with the resources necessary for achieving their research agendas, beyond the grants offered by our department. Below you will find a collection of resources that we encourage you to explore as you look for external funding options, explore research tools, and connect with faculty around the world.


CSU Library

The CSU Library is your first, best place to go for help with research and resources.

The Library and Instruction Services (LIS) homepage ( is your gateway to a wealth of print and electronic resources, as well as Faculty Lib Guides (, which have been created by LIS faculty to aid the teaching and research of a wide variety of subjects at CSU, offering sources, strategies, and support.

In order to assist the CSU community as effectively as possible, please contact the LIS Reference Desk (773-995-2235 or with any comments or suggestions you might have about the resources that are currently offered.

Additional Resources

Below are some additional resources that you may find helpful in your research endeavors.  Please note that they are third-party websites, and so any questions you might have regarding their online offerings should be directed to them.

Web Center for Social Research Methods
University of Idaho Repository of Primary Sources
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Human Genome Project Information
UW Teaching and Learning Research Periodicals
Clemson University International Center for Academic Integrity
Google Scholar 

Grant Databases and Directories

Corporate Giving Database
Directory of Funding in Illinois
dmoz Grant-Making Foundation Directory
Duke University Funding Opportunities Database
GRANTS.GOV Federal Grant Database

Yahoo! Grant-Making Foundation Directory

Grant-Writing Prep Resources

Foundation Center
UNC Grant Proposal Guide
Sample Research Grant Proposal
Writing a Good Grant Proposal
The Grantsmanship Center
Grant Writing 101
Successful Grant Writing: 10 Steps
Economic Pit: Finding a Way Out Through Grants

Grant-Writing Videos

Before You Seek a Grant
Proposal Writing Basics
Proposal Budgeting Basics
How to Approach a Foundation
You Got the Grant! Now What?

Grant Foundations

Foundation/Body Area(s) of Focus

Alex C. Walker Foundation


American Council of Learned Societies Humanities
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health; Poverty & Development; Education & Information
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Education
Fulbright Scholars Program International Scholarship
Graham Foundation Public Programs for Arts, Culture, and Ideas
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Natural and Social Sciences
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Various
Joyce Foundation Improving Quality of Life for Great Lakes Region
National Endowment for the Arts Fine Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities
National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research
National Science Foundation Sciences
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Health Care
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Sciences
Social Science Research Council Social Sciences
Spencer Foundation Education
U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
Whitehall Foundation Life Sciences