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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Library Guide for Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) Staff: Your Institutional Repositories

Guide to library resources and services for staff of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.


Many federal agencies now require that research funded by federal grants be made available through open access. Depositing your works in IDEALS or the Illinois Data Bank ensures that you meet these requirements. For more information about using Illinois' institutional repositories, contact Laura Barnes.


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Illinois Data Bank

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Guidance on using the University of Illinois' institutional repositories

Your institutional repositories are a convenient and fee-free option for sharing and preserving your work. Ongoing preservation of files and a persistent URL's ensure long-term availability.  With your netID and password, you can log into either repository for self-deposit. These guidelines will help you determine which repository is appropriate for content you wish to deposit.

What is it? 

Where should I deposit it?
  • Record of scientific observation (e.g., spreadsheet, instrument output, visual/audio recording of observations)
  • A digital object of scientific analysis (e.g., text or citation corpus on which analysis has been performed, visual or audio recordings of observations)
  • Scripts or code used in data analysis or modeling
  • Supporting data and documentation for a research publication

An appropriate data repository, such as

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  • Conference or workshop paper, poster, or proceeding
  • Video or audio of a presentation (e.g., conference presentation or seminar)
  • A project report
  • White paper
  • An article manuscript
  • A thesis or dissertation.

An appropriate document repository, such as

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If you have questions or would like assistance, please contact Susan Braxton (