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♦ Contact the librarian with expertise in your research area.
♦ Talk with a librarian during drop-in reference hours.
♦ Discover resources and tools to aid your research in subject research guides.
When you are affiliated with a higher education institution, you have information privilege. That is, you have access to Library-subscribed scholarly content that is not freely available on the open web. Little known fact: this access usually ends when you graduate.
Led by academic libraries and information activists, the Open Access movement provides an alternative: a bridge to to open scholarship, no matter your institutional ties. OA expands the content that is available across access barriers, and is gaining ground in the scholarly community. As you engage in your research, try exploring the following OA repositories:
BASE is a vast cross-disciplinary international metasearch for OA content.
The Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals and aims to cover all subjects and all languages.
These and many other OA resources will be available to you after you leave the Claremont Colleges. For more information on hundreds of open content and open data repositories, check out our Open Repositories & Research Data and Scholarly Communications and Open Access guides.
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Uploading your thesis to the Claremont Colleges Library's open access repositiory, Scholarship @ Claremont, is a straightforward process.
Follow the easy submission instructions on the Theses and Dissertations guide, make sure to submit to your college and choose Environmental Analysis as your department.
Remember: because your work will be available on the open web, you must consider the implications of the images, data, and other information you include in your work.
Before submitting get permission:
• to post online any content where you do not hold the copyright (e.g. images, graphs, interviews, etc.)
• if the work is a result of on-going faculty research (talk to your professor)
• to make sure no content should be private (e.g.: interviewee's identifying information)
If you have any questions about using open access resources , using copyrighted works, the submitting process, or your thesis as an open access resource, ask Allegra Swift, our Digital Initiatives Librarian.