VTechWorks: Global Access to Virginia Tech Scholarship
VTechWorks is the university's online repository, providing access to as well as preserving research and scholarship produced by students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech, such as theses and dissertations, peer-reviewed articles, and locally published journals. VTechWorks also contains materials of historical value as well as current significance such as the president's state of the university address, strategic plans, department newsletters, and capstone projects.
Almost everything (96%) is available to the public, locally and worldwide. Items in VTechWorks are very well indexed (including Google, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, and many others), but you can also search and browse full-text within the repository. Most studies show that publicly available scholarly articles have a citation advantage compared to articles only available behind a publisher's paywall. VTechWorks is a great way to make your scholarship available globally.
Virginia Tech Libraries launched VTechWorks in 2011. It runs on the widely-used DSpace platform and is managed by the Libraries in order to steward the intellectual output of the university in its land-grant mission to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community through the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.
Read a VT News article, VTechWorks provides global access to Virginia Tech scholarship, and read more about VTechWorks at Open@VT blog.
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Preserved for the long term
The University Libraries commits to keeping the materials in VTechWorks for the long term, just as it keeps books and journals that are decades or even centuries old. Depositing your scholarly work here ensures that future scholars will be able to access it.
Moreover, if you deposit an item in VTechWorks, it will receive a “handle” that serves as a “permalink” to that item. Such handles are in the form http://hdl.handle.net/10919/64817. No matter what new servers VTechWorks may move to or what new name we may give to it, this handle will always lead to this collection of resources. DOIs are also based on the handle system.