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ISU Institutional Repository provides open and full text access to ISU intellectual output (e.g., student projects, theses, dissertations, conference paper)

Benefits of Contributions

Benefits of depositing your work to Sycamore Scholars:

Centralization: find the ISU intellectual output from one Web location

Sharing: disseminatee research and scholarship within and outside of the ISU community

Open access: provides free, open and full-text access

Increase the visibility and citation rates as Sycamore Scholars is indexed in Google, Google Scholar and other search engines and aggregators

Preservation: items are assigned unique URLs and preserved through an ISU digital preservation initiative


How to deposit and
    what to deposit


Natalie Bulick,, 812-237-2611

What to deposit:

Any scholarly, creative, educational and administrative work from ISU units or members:

Accepted materials:

Student research and creative projects

Theses and Dissertations

Educational materials

Journal papers (pre-prints or post-prints)

Book Chapters

Conference papers

Papers in progress

Technical reports

Committee reports

Research data

Learning objects, etc.

Accepted formats:

Text, PDF, images, audio, video, multimedia, dataset, specialized formats, HTML web pages and websites, and much more

Sycamore Scholars

Sycamore Scholars is an ISU institutional respository that captures, centralizes and preserves the scholarly and creative works of the ISU community and make them open access over the Web with full text information.

At Sycamore Scholars, you will find:

Sycamore Scholars is an ongoing digital project of Cunningham Memorial Library. The following are services Sycamore Scholars can offer to the ISU community:

  • Create specific websites or webpages for your project. Here is one example webpage  created for ISU electronic theses and dissertations.
  • Organize your work, electronic files or non-electronic files in a way that follows best practices.
  • Describe your work in a way that greatly facilitates searching and browsing them.
  • Increase the visibility and citation of your work by indexing them in major search engines like Google and Google Scholars, WorldCat (the World's Largest Library Catalog), and other aggregators of open access repositories.
  • Preserve your work  for a long term and provide format conversion and migration when necessary.
  • May provide digitization services in our digitization lab at the library.

What is an institutional repository

An institutional respository is a digital archive of the intellectual assets created by various institution members such as facutly, staff, students and researchers.

An institutional respository is also a set of services offered to institution members for organizing, managing, distributing and preserving the digital archive.

Other Open Access Institutional Repositories

  • Insitutional repositories using DSpace at the United States provide full-text open access to many scholary works from about 235 institutions such as Cornell University, Harvard University, Duke University, Indiana University Purdue University Indiana, Rice University, Priceton University. 
  • OAIser "is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 25 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,100 contributors."
  • OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories with more than 2,000 listings. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.
  • ROAR "is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. Open access to research maximises research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective."