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Open access (OA) is the practice of providing free, unrestricted access to content via the internet, most commonly to scholarly journal articles. OA removes price barriers between users and content and is compatible with peer review, copyright, preservation, and quality associated with conventional scholarly literature. You can read an overview of open access by Peter Suber here.
UI Open Access Resources
The University of Idaho Library has established an Institutional Repository to serve the university by providing access to the scholarly works it has, does, and continues to produce. We are currently in the testing stages of an Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) system that will allow students to deposit electronic versions of their theses and dissertations into our online database. We hope to have the system in place by the end of this school year so we can begin collecting, preserving, and providing access for the scholarly work our students produce.
Institutional Repositories also collect, preserve and publish past research and "gray" materials that are pertinent to an institution. Accordingly, the library has been working across the University to collect, preserve, and make accessible other scholarly works produced by the University of Idaho and its affiliates. We currently have three digital collections that are part of our Institutional Repository:
The Idaho Waters Digital Library provides access to information resources relating to water issues in key Idaho river basins. The collection presently includes scientific and technical reports, with an emphasis on Idaho Water Resources Research Institute reports and publications. This centralized digital repository provides a searchable interface for discovery and utilization of water resources documents.
A digital collection comprised of documents published by the University of Idaho Extension department and the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station from 1892 to the present. The web site contains full text to provide enhanced access to the most significant literature of Idaho's agricultural history.
A collection of reports, studies, and documents published by the Intermountain Forestry Cooperative, a research cooperative composed of public and private forestry organizations that is located administratively in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho.
AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access), a database produced by the National Agricultural Library (NAL), consists of two subsets of records. The first contains citations for journal articles that include abstracts. The second consists of bibliographic records describing monographs, serials, audiovisual materials and online content from around the world. AGRICOLA includes but is not limited to resources available in the library. The database contains 5,200,000+s records and includes printed works from as far back as the 15th century.
The Digital Initiatives department works to preserve and make accessible collections from the library, the University of Idaho, and the State of Idaho via its digitization, database, and digital archiving services.