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What is Humboldt Digital Scholar?

It is an open-access digital repository provided by the Humboldt State University Library. Humboldt Digital Scholar captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and distributes digital research material. It is available for archiving collections of scholarly works by all HSU faculty and students. All HSU faculty member can submit their work and the work of their students to Humboldt Digital Scholar.

Why participate in Humboldt Digital Scholar?

All HSU faculty are stongly encouraged, by the Academic Senate, to submit all of your publications to the archive. The Senate's Resolution #02-05/06-FL "recommends that all faculty make a reasonable effort to acquire or retain the rights to place their publications in an open-access institutional archive." It is an easy way to give your work the widest possible audience.

Works entered in Humbold Digital Scholar are preserved for the long term. Works are made widely and easily available worldwide. Every submission receives a short permanent internet address, through the Handle System® to replace impermanent, unstable URLs. Works are made easily available on the internet through the OAI-PMH standard (Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Harvesting). This makes works in Humbold Digital Scholar easily accessible in Google Scholar and many other international search systems.

How can I retain the right to archive my work?

Publishing your work does not mean you must give up all of your rights to your publisher. You can retain the right to share your work on an institutional archive if you ask. Not every academic publisher is allowing authors to retain these rights, but many are. The Scholarly Publishing and Resourece Coalitions (SPARC) offers some more information and a sample addendum for your next publication agreement in their SPARC Author Rights doucment. It is your work, let us help you make it more available.

Is Humboldt Digital Scholar just for journal articles?

Humboldt Digital Scholar is open for all scholarly and creative works, in all formats, not just journal articles. It is a way to get works preserved and distributed, in whatever format. Audio, video, images and other data files can be archived in. Nearly all of the past two years of Masters Theses are already in Digital Scholar.

How do I get started?

Contact the Humboldt Digital Scholar Steering Committee at We can help with setting up a collection for your works or the works of your students.