A new content policy for NC DOCKS will allow more student work to be archived. One criterion is that it must be nominated or sponsored by a UNCG faculty member.
NC DOCKS has been serving as UNCG’s institutional repository since January 2009. The original purpose of NC DOCKS was to archive the scholarly output of UNCG’s faculty in order to make the material freely available to a global audience via the web, and currently about 200 faculty members have more than 3,000 works archived. The primary benefit to faculty who post their works in NC DOCKS is the dramatic increase in the discoverability of their works. Search engines “crawl” repositories like NC DOCKS for new material, provide full-text keyword access and give preferential treatment to such works. In a keyword Google search, works in NC DOCKS tend to fall out early in the results list, which greatly increases discoverability. Studies show that, across all disciplines, open-access articles, such as those in NC DOCKS, have greater research impact than traditional publications – when works are discovered more, it naturally follows that they also are read more and cited more.
When NC DOCKS was launched in 2009, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations by graduate students were also included, and currently there are about 1,000 electronic theses and dissertations archived. One of the top-10 most viewed works in NC DOCKS is a dissertation completed in 2008 by Elizabeth Loparit from the School of Music.
With NC DOCKS succeeding in making faculty works, as well as theses and dissertations, more discoverable on the web, University Libraries has announced it will expand the content policy to allow more student work into NC DOCKS. Although there are several criteria for any new student work to be added (see http://library.uncg.edu/services/scholarly_communication/ncdocks.aspx), the primary criterion is that the student work must be nominated or sponsored by a UNCG faculty member.
Graduate student papers, honors papers and senior papers would be prime candidates for student work to archive in NC DOCKS, and in addition, other creative works, including audio and video, can also be archived. The first student work added under this new policy is a Senior Honor Thesis by Sonia Haga titled “A Comparative Study of the Perceptions of German POWs in North Carolina,” which recently won the Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award. Other contributions of student works are welcome. Any faculty member interested in sponsoring a student work to be archived in NC DOCKS should contact Stephen Dew, Collections & Scholarly Resources coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org