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Marshall Digital Scholar accepting faculty submissions for database

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 00:03

Marshall Digital Scholar, Marshall University’s institutional repository, is accepting submissions of previously published work written by Marshall University faculty.

Jingping Zhang, director of libraries operations, said faculty members have the opportunity to have their already published work added to Marshall Digital Scholar by submitting curriculum vitaes or lists of their published work to the Marshall Digital Scholar staff.

“We’ll do the work for you,” Zhang said. “Just send us an email with your curriculum vitae or lists of your published work and we’ll work to gain the appropriate copyright clearances for your work and add your research to Marshall Digital Scholar.”

All documents from Marshall Digital Scholar are available for review and research purposes free of cost, and once an article is uploaded to Marshall Digital Scholar, faculty members will be able to track how often each article is downloaded and receive monthly readership reports by email.

Zhang said faculty members also have the opportunity to build and edit individual faculty profiles on Marshall Digital Scholar. Faculty pages can feature biographies, contact information, links to downloadable full-text documents, mailing lists and more.

“Faculty profiles give Marshall University’s faculty a digital landing page, which highlights their individual achievements and research, while enhancing Marshall’s visibility, status and value as a research institution,” Zhang said.

Since launching in January 2012, Marshall Digital Scholar has added 1,441 full-text articles that have been downloaded a total of 75,475 times.

“The goal of Marshall Digital Scholar is to bring all of the university’s research under one umbrella,” Zhang said. “It was designed to collect, record, preserve, promote and provide access to Marshall’s scholarly output and make it available to the world.”

Marshall Digital Scholar’s collection of theses, dissertations and capstones contains 419 records going back to 1946. Since Marshall Digital Scholar launched in 2012, items from the theses, dissertations and capstones collection have been downloaded a total of 47,196 times.

In January 2013, theses dissertations and capstones had 5,866 full-text downloads and added four new submissions.

The most downloaded article, “The Impact of Social Networking Sites on College Students’ Consumption Patterns,” by Whitney Sue Thoene, was downloaded 1,028 times in January.

Marshall Digital Scholar also serves as the university’s digital archive, collecting and preserving the diverse output of the university’s publications from Board of Governor’s meeting reports to individual issues of the university newspaper, The Parthenon.

Donna Spindel, dean of the Graduate College, said Marshall Digital Scholar gives students a chance to see the work Marshall was doing as a research institution.

“Marshall Digital Scholar is a one stop shop for all of the creative and scholarly work of Marshall University,” Spindel said. “In a couple clicks users can get a picture of the quality of work our students and faculty are doing at Marshall University.”

Spindel said Marshall Digital Scholar was also an essential tool for recruiting potential graduate students.

“Our website is our greatest recruiting tool,” Spindel said. “Marshall Digital Scholar shows potential students that there’s not only a place for their research, but a network which will spread their research to the world.”

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