What is Texas State University’s Digital Collections Repository? What does it include?
The Digital Collections repository serves as the university's institutional repository and is a collection bringing together the research and scholarly work of the Texas State University community. The Digital Collections Repository centralizes, preserves, and makes accessible the knowledge generated by the university community, which includes faculty publications, theses & dissertations, plus digitized materials from The Wittliff Collections, the University Archives, and other materials unique to Texas State University. It is a professionally maintained archive that gives the university’s intellectual and creative output increased visibility and accessibility over time.
In addition to the Digital Collections Repository, the Texas State University Dataverse provides a platform for archiving, sharing, and providing access to our university's research data. For more information about getting started and complying with grant funding agency requirements, visit our Dataverse LibGuide.
Why have an Open Access Repository?
The Digital Collections Repository is open access and supports the broad dissemination of Texas State University's research and scholarship to bring increased recognition to authors and to the institution. The publications are freely available to anyone, anywhere. Openly sharing your works online brings more visibility to your research. Studies have shown that publications that are freely available are cited more often and have greater impact than those that are not freely available. Depositing your works in the Texas State University Digital Collections Repository ensures that they are centrally available, backed up, preserved, and searchable via search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. Publications from the repository are recognized by Google as scholarly works and, therefore, tend to rank more highly than publications simply available on a web page.
How to create an account and submit materials:
Only Texas State University faculty and staff may self-submit to the repository. Students wishing to submit a document should contact a faculty member to submit a document for them or have the faculty member contact the Repository Administrator to help facilitate the deposit.
On the repository site, under Account, click on “Login.” Type in your Texas State NetID and your password and complete the two-factor authentication. Click on the "Submissions" link under Account to begin the submission process. For more information for first-time users and submission instructions, visit the First-time Users page.
If you have questions or need help determining copyright status of the material you want to submit, please contact the Repository Administrators.
Digital Collections @ Texas State will:
Retain and maintain content submitted to the Repository
Distribute content according to community decisions (however, metadata will always be accessible, unless items are withdrawn in accordance with Repository guidelines)
Preserve content using accepted digital preservation techniques
Notify Communities of significant changes to content, e.g., format migration for preservation purposes
If Texas State University ceases to support the Repository, it will return collections to existing communities.
Content from communities which have ceased to exist, will be offered to the University Archives