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Huskie Commons

Huskie Commons is Northern Illinois University's institutional repository.
A service of the University Libraries, it showcases and preserves the scholarly materials and creative works produced by NIU faculty, students, and the NIU community, including: 

700+ scholarly articles by NIU faculty
6700+ dissertations and theses
The Northern Illinois University Law Review
Exceptional undergraduate student research projects and artistry
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies' scholarly publication, The Mandala
Key policy & regional development reports published by NIU's Center for Governmental Studies
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Open Educational Resources

 

Scholarly, artistic, and institutional memory materials of enduring value can be safely archived and made available to a global audience in Huskie Commons
Making your materials openly available through a trusted repository benefits a worldwide community of learners, educators, and researchers and creates equitable access to academic outputs. Depositing your materials into a repository also benefits you as a researcher, artist, and/or instructor. When you deposit your materials into Huskie Commons, you receive enduring access to your materials and the Library assumes the responsibility of preserving them into the future. Other benefits include:

  • higher citation rates
  • increased exposure through academic and commercial search engines
  • compliance with granting agency requirements
  • access to real-time usage statistics
  • additional benefits

To determine which materials can be archived into Huskie Commons, please review the collection development policy. You can also contact Jaime Schumacher with your questions about Huskie Commons or to see if your or your organization's materials are eligible for inclusion in the repository. 

Depositing Materials Into Huskie Commons

Huskie Commons is the institutional repository for Northern Illinois University, where scholarly, artistic, and institutional memory materials of enduring value can be safely archived and made available to a global audience.
When you deposit your materials into Huskie Commons, you receive enduring access to your materials and the Library assumes the responsibility of preserving them into the future. For more information, see Why Huskie Commons. To determine which materials can be archived into Huskie Commons, please review the collection development policy or contact Jaime Schumacher

Instructions for Faculty Materials
Many publishers allow authors to archive their articles into institutional repositories like Huskie Commons. In fact, research has shown that articles made available in this way experience higher citation rates. To see if your publisher permits the archiving of the post-print* version of your manuscript, the publisher's version of the article, or a different version into Huskie Commons, please visit Sherpa Romeo or contact Jaime Schumacher.

*Post-print - your article's final draft with any changes made as a result of the peer-review process, but prior to the publisher’s copy-editing or formatting. A link to the publisher’s final version of record can be included with the manuscript. 

Instructions for Graduate and Undergraduate Materials
Huskie Commons is the home for NIU's theses and dissertations, as well as other exceptional student research and artistry. Undergraduate materials must be approved by a faculty member prior to inclusion in the repository. Some materials, like Honors Capstones, CURE posters, and Senior Photography Exhibits are pre-approved by faculty members. Other materials must submit this form prior to inclusion in Huskie Commons. See the files below for instructions on depositing materials into specific student collections.

Additional Resources

Useful resources for learning more about Open Access Publishing and your rights as an author can be found on Cornell University Library's Guide and at SPARC.

Sr. Director of Scholarly Communications

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Jaime Schumacher
Contact:
145D Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Subjects: Scholarship