As scholars, when we research, we usually want many people to know about that research. The Missouri State University Libraries provides BearWorks so that MSU faculty research can be more visible on the Internet. BearWorks is also the repository for many graduate theses, a publishing platform for MSU publications, and institutional documents such as program reviews. In addition, the library can provide help and/or guidance for digitization projects, navigating copyright, and preserving research outputs.
The MSU Digital Collections initiative is a project of MSU’s Special Collections and Archives. The primary purpose of Digital Collections is to make accessible the material housed in Special Collections. Generally this involves on-site digitization of physical materials, however, it can include born-digital material. Digital Collections is a research tool that provides access to numerous archival collections. Some of the those include work from MSU faculty members.
BearWorks is the institutional repository for Missouri State University, a record of scholarship, research, and publication at the university. It contains full text of publications, graduate theses, MSU reports and documents, as well as a record of faculty publication.
There are a number of MSU faculty who have donated materials that are part of their work and which also align with Special Collections acquisition guidelines. Examples of existing faculty-generated collections include: