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VTechWorks, Virginia Tech's open access institutional repository, publicizes and preserves the scholarly work of Virginia Tech faculty, students, and staff: journal articles, books, theses, dissertations, conference papers, slide presentations, technical reports, working papers, administrative documents, videos, images, data sets, and more. Most content is recent, published within the last 15 years, but there is also a great deal of older and historical content. The full text of all documents is available, often in PDF format, and all entries are indexed by search engines such as Google Scholar and Summon. Any member of the Virginia Tech community can upload material to VTechWorks.

How VTechWorks benefits researchers

  • Research in VTechWorks is widely disseminated, free to anyone in the world with an Internet connection.
  • Research in VTechWorks is easily discovered, since it is indexed in Google Scholar, WorldCat, the Virginia Tech website, and the Virginia Tech library's Summon search.
  • Research in VTechWorks has increased impact: many studies show that openly accessible research is more frequently cited by journalists and scholars than research published in journals and books that must be paid for.
  • Research in VTechWorks has a persistent, stable link ("handle") that won't change even when current servers are replaced, which makes it more reliable for others to cite and to share on social media.
  • Research in VTechWorks will be preserved by the University Libraries for decades or even centuries, unlike research posted on a personal web page or published by a company that might go out of business. 
  • Research in VTechWorks is preserved even if a researcher leaves Virginia Tech, but it can always be posted or published elsewhere, since Virginia Tech does not claim any unnecessary or additional rights to the material.


  • Concurrent users:  Unlimited
  • Permissions:  Some full-text material may be available only with the permission of the author
  • Restrictions:  Some material may be private or available only to on-campus users
  • ILL:  Not applicable
  • Authorized users:  Anyone may search; only Virginia Tech-affiliated users may upload
  • Resource advisory:  Not applicable


September 13, 2010


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