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scholarship.rice.edu is Rice's institutional repository, a web site where the university's intellectual output is shared, managed, searched, and preserved. Most materials come from Rice faculty members' research, electronic theses and dissertations, and digitized collections of rare or unique books, images, musical performances, and manuscripts.
In April 2012, the Rice Faculty Senate passed an open access policy to make all articles published by Rice faculty available as open access publications. To learn more about the policy and how to submit publications, visit openaccess.rice.edu
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Also please see Describing a resource guidelines, a quick reference for individual submissions.
For assistance in putting your work into the archive, contact the Digital Scholarship Services team at cds at rice.edu or 713-348-2480. Alternatively, departmental representatives can be authorized to directly put in materials. If you have an existing database of scholarly digital resources, we may be able to bulk import it all at once. Confused, or want to discuss other options? Email cds at rice.edu.
Works that support Rice's education mission may be archived. This may include (but is not limited to):
Most common file formats, such as PDF, jpg, and Word documents, are accepted. For a complete listing of accepted formats, please see the DSpace Format Reference Collection table
Increasingly, publishers are allowing authors to place online pre-print (pre-peer-reviewed) and even post-print (post-peer-reviewed) versions online. Check with your publisher or visit SHERPA's Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving web site.
Yes, copyright owners retain copyright over their materials. By putting material into scholarship.rice.edu, you are granting Rice a non-exclusive license to distribute it, which means that you are authorizing Rice to make it available but can also distribute it through other mechanisms. See the text of the license for more information.
It is preferred but not required that materials be made available with a Creative Commons license. Many researchers and educational institutions are adopting Creative Commons licenses to provide wider access to their work. Through the Creative Commons attribution license, the copyright owner retains copyright, but the materials are open to others for use and make modifications as long as attribution to the original is made.
For additional information on copyright and licensing, please see
Since scholarship.rice.edu is an archive, your materials will remain available and will be maintained for the long-term. You may also export your materials so that you can take them with you.
Typically people find content in repositories such as scholarship.rice.edu by using Google or similar search engines. Search engines often give higher weighting to content in institutional repositories, since they are associated with quality and make available rich descriptive information. In addition, articles and web sites, such as departmental or researcher web pages, can point to archived items.
New versions of materials should be entered as new items, not as replacements, since citations may have already been made to the earlier version. However, for specific instances where revisions are needed, contact cds at rice.edu.
Peer review is not conducted as part of the archival process, although some quality control is conducted. Schools and Departments may organize their own peer review if desired.
Rice subscribes to the Archive-It web archiving solution hosted by the Internet Archive. Rice web pages are regularly crawled by the Archive-It service and are available online at the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. For listing of individual pages please see Search Rice's Archived Websites . Please contact Amanda Focke (afocke at rice dot edu) with any questions.
Fondren Library manages the archive as part of its Digital Scholarship Services department.
Navigate to your item’s home page and click on the “View Statistics” link found at the lower end of the navigation menu. Statistics available from the item home page include:
Usage statistics are provided publicly (no log in is required).
scholarship.rice.edu runs on DSpace (version 3), an open source software package that captures, stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes an organization's research material in digital formats. Research institutions worldwide use DSpace for a variety of digital archiving needs from scholarly reports to collections of learning resources. An active community of developers, researchers and users worldwide contribute their expertise to the DSpace Community. For more information about DSpace, visit DSpace Wiki .
Email cds at rice.edu or call Lisa Spiro, Executive Director of Digital Scholarship Services (713-348-2480).
Visit the web site for Rice University's Office of Research and Graduate Studies for more information about Rice graduate student requirements for theses and dissertations. Online Thesis Submission at Rice University : Rice University Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
Anyone can access the majority of the archived content, so you don't need to set up an account. In fact, merely creating an account will not automatically grant any additional access privileges that anonymous users lack.
Users can be granted additional permissions in order to submit items by contacting the system administrator (cds at rice.edu). In a few cases, access is restricted to collections due to copyright constraints. For these cases, users should contact the collection owner (typically identified on the collection home page) or cds at rice.edu to be granted access.
For collections of digital images, higher quality versions may be available, sometimes at a small cost. Please contact cds at rice.edu for additional information.
There are two ways for registered users to find out if a collection has been updated. One is via daily Email alerts and another is via RSS feeds.
Registered users can subscribe to receive daily email alerts of new items added to collections. Users may subscribe to as many collections as they wish. To subscribe:
Another way you can receive daily alerts about new items added to a collection is by subscribing to an RSS feed. Navigate to the webpage of the collection that you would like to receive daily alerts about. Then you will need to click on the "Subscribe to this Feed" link through your web browser's menu options.
Most content is freely available to anyone with web access. You only need to set up an account and sign in if you:
There are two different types of searches that you can perform - a Simple Search and an Advanced Search.
The sidebar search, on the left side of the screen, will locate content that includes all of the terms that you enter. The terms may be in any metadata field or even in the full text of the item. To do a more detailed search, you can click on the Advanced Search link below the simple search box.
Advanced search is useful to use when you want to limit your search to some specific content. Below is a list of the search options available in advanced search and their meanings.
Helpful Searching Tips:
You can use truncation when searching. Use an asterick (*) after a word stem to get all the hits starting with that root. For example, select* would retrieve selects, selector, selectman, selecting.
The search engine automatically expands words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses …etc.
To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks (") around the phrase.
Put a plus (+) sign before a word if it MUST appear in the search result. For instance, in the following search the word "training" is optional, but the word "dog" must be in the result.
Put a minus (-) sign before a word if it should not appear in the search results. Alternatively, you can use NOT. This can limit your search to eliminate unwanted hits.
The following Boolean operators can be used to combine terms. Note that they must be CAPITALIZED!
We have, at different times, changed the name and look of the archive, but all the archived content is still the same. Any user who follows a link using one of the old web addresses will be seamlessly redirected to the same content at the new address.
scholarship.rice.edu is an archive dedicated to scholarly works associated with Rice. For information on financial scholarships, try the Office of Financial Aid.
Changes since May 30, 2016 4:00 AM