The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the institutional repository of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Starting in 2010, the Graduate College has required that all theses and dissertations be made available in IDEALS. The repository contains over 40,000 graduate theses along with scholarship produced by U of I faculty and staff.
You still own the copyright to your work, it is just made publicly accessible through the repository. You are not preventing yourself from publishing your work in a scholarly journal or book by placing it in IDEALS. In fact, IDEALS data (such as the number of times other scholars have downloaded your work) could help you locate a publisher who is interested in your work and help you market your research.
After a thesis or dissertation has been transferred to IDEALS, students can choose from one of three release options:
Benefits to Open Access release:
Reasons for placing a 2-year embargo on your work: