What is an Institutional Repository?
An institutional repository (IR) is an online database used to collect, preserve, and disseminate digital versions of intellectual output and history of the University. All collections in the IR are open access which means that all works in the repository are freely accessible via the Internet. Open access publishing is fully compatible with both peer review practices and copyright laws.
Benefits of the IR:
- Each work is archived permanently with a stable server and it has a URL that will never break
- Each work is discoverable for researchers worldwide through Internet search engines such as Google
- Research has shown scholarship that is easily discoverable and freely available tends to be read and cited more
- The institutional repository is a great way of validating and showcasing the value of the faculty and student research and creative works beyond the University community
The instituional repository at North Carolina A&T State University currently houses electronic theses, digitized historical objects, and faculty publications. The Library is looking to expand the collection to include items such as,but not limited to, technical reports, working papers, conference papers, learning objects, and student research. Click here to view current collections in the IR.
Contributing Works to the Institutional Repository
Submitting work to the IR is easy...
- Go to http://www.library.ncat.edu/irsubmit
- Complete the online form and non-exclusive license
- Upload your article(s) and completed license form
- Click Submit
Guidelines for IR Submissions
- Each work must be the intellectual property of the student
- It must be a scholarly, research, or educational work that has been nominated for inclusion by a faculty member
- It must be made available for global access at no cost via the Web
- The author/creator of each work must complete a non-exclusive license to grant F.D. Bluford Library the right to preserve and distribute the work in perpetuity
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Iyanna Sims (email@example.com) or Kate Siltion (firstname.lastname@example.org).