A Snapshot from our Law School Repository: Digital Commons

DC_snapshot_090717Since 2006 the Law Library has worked to preserve past events, publications and scholarly works for the University of Georgia School of Law community. To date, the resulting UGA School of Law Digital Commons repository has amassed a whopping 9,615 papers and accumulated a total of 1,545,146 downloads so far (as of 9/7/2017). Additionally 23,968 institutions have accessed works from 225 countries around the world. The collection grows daily thanks to the efforts of our wonderful team of law librarians dedicated to extending our law school’s reach and tracking our faculty’s scholarly footprint.

As the official institutional repository (IR) for our law school, the site brings together all of our community’s research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR. This paper defines institutional repositories and argues their merits within an academic institution. The inclusion of a published journal article in the institutional repository is an extension of your copyright to that work. This site lists publishers’ blanket policies, and you can search for a particular journal here. As a Digital Commons project, our IR highlights various types of scholarship from working papers and journal articles to dissertations and theses. For more information visit our IR and Open Access research guide.

A wide variety of institutions access the works available in the law school’s online repository, including others from the education sector as well as top names in government, military, commercial and not for profit organization sectors:


1. UNC at Chapel Hill
2. Harvard University
3. Columbia University
4. Georgia Department of Education
5. New York University
6. Emory University
7. Yale University
8. Oxford University
9. University of Cambridge
10. University of Colorado
1. Commission Europeenne
2. Georgia Technology Authority
3. 754th Electronic Systems Group
4. DoD Network Information Center
5. U.S. Department of Justice
6. Department of Homeland Security
7. Navy Network Information Center
8. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
9. United States Senate
10. Internal Revenue Service
1. Digital Energy Technologies Limited
2. Bigtip Inc.
3. Empresa de Telecomunicaciones Y Servicios Caleta Olivia
4. USP
5. Stichting Duwo
6. GTT
7. City of Augusta
8. Univer
9. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
10. United Nations

If you are a faculty member or law student interested in submitting a work to the school of law Digital Commons repository, please contact T.J. Striepe, Faculty Services Law Librarian.

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