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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an institutional repository?

How do I submit my completed thesis to TRUSpace?

I'm an undergraduate student and would like to submit my assignment/project.

I published a paper and would like to deposit it in TRUSpace, but I'm not sure if my journal will allow this. How do I find out?

I have research data that I need to deposit. What do I do?

Can I donate this material for you to digitize and put into TRUSpace?


What is an Institutional Repository?

An institutional repository (IR) is an online collection of the intellectual outputs of an institution, usually a university. Examples of materials in an IR might be research data, faculty and student publications, open educational resources (OERs), and documents from the institution's history.

How do I submit my completed thesis to TRUSpace?

After you have successfully defended your thesis:

  1. Author reads and signs TRUSpace's non-exclusive license, which:
    • warrants that you are the copyright owner and have permission to submit your work to TRUSpace
    • attests that the work does not contain material that is libelous, unlawful or violates anyone's right to privacy
    • grants TRU permission to make the work available freely and unaltered and that you recieve appropriate acknowledgement
    • allows the TRU Library to migrate the work to a different format, should technology change
  2. Author sends the signed non-exclusive license and the work to be submitted to the graduate program coordinator, who will send the thesis to the library. Theses and forms can be emailed to Erin May (emay@tru.ca).
  3. The Library adds metadata to make your work more discoverable in search engines.

If you have any questions about this process, consult your thesis supervisor, graduate program coordinator, or the Research and Graduate Studies Office.

I'm an undergraduate student and would like to submit my assignment/project.

TRUSpace welcomes submission of outstanding examples of student work.  Student work submitted to TRUSpace will be publicly and permanently available worldwide. Students are responsible for the validity and authenticity of their work and require a faculty sponsor who attests that the work is of high caliber and worthy of long-term preservation in TRUSpace.

  1. Author (and co-authors if applicable) reads and signs TRUSpace's non-exclusive license, which:
    • warrants that you are the copyright owner and have permission to submit your work to TRUSpace
    • attests that the work does not contain material that is libelous, unlawful or violates anyone's right to privacy
    • grants TRU permission to make the work available freely and unaltered and that you recieve appropriate acknowledgement
    • allows the TRU Library to migrate the work to a different format, should technology change
  2. Faculty sponsor reads and signs "Sponsorship of Student Work Submitted to TRUSpace" form.
  3. Author sends the signed non-exclusive license, signed Sponsorship of Student Work Submitted to TRUSpace form, and the work to be submitted to emay@tru.ca.
  4. The submission is reviewed and metadata added to make your work more discoverable in search engines.

I published a paper and would like to deposit it in TRUSpace, but I'm not sure if my journal will allow this. How do I find out?

You can usually find out information about journal policies from the journal website or by contacting the editors. There is also a free tool called SHERPA/RoMEO that describes journal policies around article processing charges (APCs), archiving and depositing in repositories, and OA publishing.

I have research data that I need to deposit. What do I do?

If your research data is free from sensitive information and can be shared Open Access, it is possible for it to be deposited in TRUSpace, though there are other options available. Learn more at the Research Data Management at TRU website.

This will depend on relevance to current TRUSpace needs and priorities and how many materials. Set up a meeting with Erin May to discuss your materials.