NDSU Libraries partners with the Graduate College to make recently published theses and dissertations available in the Institutional Repository.
As a part of North Dakota State University’s mission to be a student-focused research university, the NDSU Graduate School and NDSU Libraries are proud to announce a significant addition of student research documents to the institutional repository. Over 1,700 digital theses and dissertations (published from Fall 2011 to Spring 2018) have been uploaded to the NDSU Repository and are now openly accessible.
The process of uploading these documents began in September 2017, as part of a collaborative effort between Dan Nygard (pictured second from left) of the Graduate College, Steve Beckermann (pictured second from right) of Information Technology Services, and NDSU Libraries personnel, including Amy Reese, Michael Longtine, Jenny Grasto (pictured far right), Rex Hughes (pictured far left), and Dustin Mohagen. “I was impressed with how well we worked together,” Nygard said. “There were a lot of documents to catalog in the system, and we were able to keep everything organized and focused throughout the project.”
The NDSU Repository hosts several forms of documents, including campus publications, regional interest documents, and faculty research when permitted by the publisher. Student theses and dissertations represent the hard work and notable contributions of our graduate students. These research publications cover a wide variety of subjects to include agriculture, engineering, the humanities, and other areas of scholarly interest. “Working with these documents, just being able to see the work done each year, gave me a real sense of what our graduate students accomplish,” Nygard said. By preserving and providing online access to this research, the contributions of NDSU graduate students may now be shared with a global community.
Student research can be accessed by visiting library.ndsu.edu/ir/ and selecting the Research & Digital Scholarship collection. Theses and dissertations have been grouped with their associated departments. Please contact the NDSU Repository Team at email@example.com to receive help locating a specific thesis or dissertation.
In addition to currently available student research, the NDSU Libraries will upload future research documents as they become available. Library staff members are also diligently working on a project to scan and digitize student research published before Fall 2011, which includes 11,285 individual documents. “Print versions of student theses and dissertations have been shared with the community for years,” said Rex Hughes of NDSU Libraries. “It is exciting to provide digital access to student research, because these documents demonstrate the value of research being conducted at NDSU.” Alumni of the North Dakota State University Graduate College may contact the NDSU Repository Team to request an expedited scan of a past thesis or dissertation.
“We are proud of the work our students carry out under the direction of the professors who supervise and mentor them, and we know that their ideas and contributions will be of interest for companies, researchers, and the general public. This repository will allow everyone to access their results with ease,” said Dr. Claudia Tomany, Dean of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.
*Student research published in the NDSU Repository is protected by University Policy 190, Section 6.2, regarding student intellectual property: “Upon enrollment at North Dakota State University, a graduate student hereby grants a royalty-free perpetual license to the Institution for the reproduction and public distribution, including by electronic means, of copies of the student's thesis, paper, or dissertation.” Please contact the North Dakota State University Graduate College if you have further questions.