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The Open Access Advantage For American Law Reviews, Carol Watson, James M. Donovan, Caroline Osborne May 2015

The Open Access Advantage For American Law Reviews, Carol Watson, James M. Donovan, Caroline Osborne

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Open access within legal academia provides a case study for the effective use of digital formats to promote scholarship. The presenters review the background historical developments in this field, and consider the benefits and rationales for providing open access to legal scholarship, including the special faculty concerns arising from SSRN and its relationship to the institutional repository. Results from the presenters’ recent empirical study of the citation advantage for open access scholarship in American law reviews will be discussed and placed in broader context of the benefits of open access scholarship.


Digital Commons And Ssrn: Turning Perceived Conflict Into Real Synergy, James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson Apr 2014

Digital Commons And Ssrn: Turning Perceived Conflict Into Real Synergy, James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson

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Covers the history of SSRN and the development of institutional repositories, how to positively address faculty concerns about losing SSRN download statistics, statistical analysis of downloads on each platform and research behavior, and an overview of the strengths and advantages of each platform.


Law & Reference: Answering Legal Reference Questions, Wendy Moore, Maureen Cahill Oct 2011

Law & Reference: Answering Legal Reference Questions, Wendy Moore, Maureen Cahill

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Answering legal reference questions can be challenging, especially when you are not doing it on a daily basis. More and more legal information is available freely on the internet, but sometimes it is hard to know what the best sources are and how to make certain you are not accidentally practicing law at the reference desk. This presentation provides exposure to helpful internet resources and discussion of effective strategies to help you answer legal related reference questions in a non-law library setting with skill and confidence.


Persuasive Arguments For Establishing An Institutional Repository, James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson Jul 2009

Persuasive Arguments For Establishing An Institutional Repository, James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson

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Presents the business case for creating an institutional repository (IR), including a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages with Social Science Research Network (SSRN); offers advice on obtaining faculty buy-in to the project in order to obtain content; reviews copyright right issues involved in depositing published materials into the repository; and suggests ways in which creating a repository can build relationships beyond the institution.