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Institutional Repository: Welcome!

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are part of a larger conversation about scholarly communication. We want to help students have access to knowledge and high quality educational materials at a managable price. If you create or modify your own OER, it can be included and shared in the Institutional Repository.

Learn more: Open Educational Resources Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Institutional Repository (n.) :

“a digital archive of the intellectual product created by the faculty, research staff, and students of an institution and accessible to end users both within and outside of the institution, with few if any barriers to access.”

As the Messiah College Institutional Repository is being built, please check out some examples:

Text, images, audio, video, datasets, and more can be included in the repository regardless of file size or file type. This can include, but is not solely limited to:

Previously Published Material-after permission is obtained from publisher (Green Open Access)

  • journal papers (pre- or post-prints), book chapters


  • conference papers, theses, honors papers, graduate theses

Supporting or teaching material

  • Syllabi, lectures, data sets, models, simulations

Institutional materials

  • Yearbooks, photo collections, course catalogs, commencement programs

Expanded access – publish in peer-reviewed journal AND rights-free version in Institutional Repository

Increased visibility – searchable via Google and Google Scholar to global audience, providing opportunities for greater impact and knowledge exchange

Awareness of author rights options at time of publisher contract with author

Increased readership and citation of works, with regular download reports to authors

Long term preservation, organization, access and distribution of quality content

Serves to reduce plagiarism – the chance that plagiarism is detected is much higher; detected in Turn-it-in


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