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Engineering: ScholarWorks

What is ScholarWorks?

What is ScholarWorks?

ScholarWorks@UNO, is an institutional repository of the research, scholarship, and creative work of the University of New Orleans. Using an online platform, the university's unique academic and artistic achievements are collected, preserved, and disseminated to a global audience of students and scholars free of charge.

If you are interested in contributing to ScholarWorks please provide Jennifer Jackson with the most recent copy of your CV. She will verify which articles can be uploaded to ScholarWorks after verifying copyright agreements (because of this not all articles can be uploaded). In most cases, either a pre-print or post-print  of the article can be published.

Institutional Repositories

 Institutional Repositories

Institutional Repositories (IR) are becoming common practice at academic institutions across the country. Below is a list of notable institutions that are using the same online platform as ScholarWorks@UNO to host their IRs:

Benefits of ScholarWorks

More exposure

  • Repositories make your work available to everyone who may be interested. A growing body of evidence shows that,as a result of being openly accessible, publications are cited more frequently.(1)

Universal access

  • While an article published in a journal may be available to only a few hundred subscribers, the same article when also posted in a repository is available to all, greatly enhancing the public value of research.

Easier information discovery

  • By opening their content to service providers such as Google, Google Scholar, and OCLC, repositories allow Web users to search every item they hold.

New computational research techniques

  • Digital repositories open the door to new computational research techniques and pathways, such as text mining, creation of text-data linkages, and identifying and visualizing relationships that are not otherwise observed.

Persistent access

  • By depositing your works in a repository, they will have persistent URLs (a reference URL) that will never change — no more dead links. Unlike items on ever-changing personal Web sites, works in repositories are available to whoever needs them, whenever needed.

Long-term preservation

  • Digital repositories are managed by your library, which is committed to long-term access to and preservation of the collection. The library will ensure ongoing maintenance and back-ups.

Wide range of content

  • Digital repositories collect more than just journal publications; they also collect other types of materials, such as conference proceedings, images, and sometimes research data — enabling you to integrate and provide access to a wide range of materials.

Students benefit, too

  • Since no library can afford to subscribe to all the resources students need, putting your works in a digital repository ensures students everywhere can read and learn from them, creating an important new layer of information that is readily accessible.
  • Students, who are early adopters of open approaches, are also benefiting from digital repositories by depositing their theses and dissertations — broadening the reach of these important works.

Taken from The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Digital Repositories Offer Many Practical Benefits