Baylor Electronically Accessible Research Documents (BEARdocs) is now available at beardocs.baylor.edu. With the introduction of this service, Baylor joins hundreds of academic institutions now using institutional repositories to store and organize digital scholarly output of instructors, students, scholars and researchers.
An institutional repository stores a research institution's digital scholarly output in appropriate electronic formats. The concept of institutional repository also implies long-term preservation of and access to the digital content, which is defined by each institution, but can include conference papers, preprints, postprints, technical reports, white papers, working papers, images and more.
Currently, BEARdocs houses working papers from Baylor's Department of Economics; many of these documents will be used during the upcoming SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) reaffirmation process. Plans are to house Baylor's electronic theses and dissertations in BEARdocs, as well.
Take a look at BEARdocs and see how you might make use of this system for your own research. If you want to contribute content to BearDocs or if your department is interested in setting up a community in the new system, please contact Billie Peterson-Lugo, Electronic Library, by e-mail or at ext. 2344.
--Billie Peterson-Lugo, Electronic Library