MISSOULA - ScholarWorks, the University of Montana’s online scholarly repository, has achieved a momentous milestone: 1 million downloads. The service is online at http://scholarworks.umt.edu.
This means that users throughout Montana, the United States and around the world have collectively downloaded a million journal articles, dissertations, graduate and undergraduate theses, conference papers and presentations, creative works, data sets, oral histories, special collections documents, manuscripts and more from ScholarWorks.
“These works represent the outstanding research and creative scholarship produced and curated by University of Montana faculty, students and staff,” said Wendy Walker, digital librarian for UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library.
Managed by the Mansfield Library, ScholarWorks includes more than 29,300 items, most of which include open access to searchable full text. Because items in ScholarWorks are highly discoverable through Google and other search engines, the repository has significant international reach and expands the impact of UM’s scholarship around the globe.
While graduate student theses and dissertations top the list of most downloaded collections in the repository, faculty and undergraduate student work are well represented in the top 10. In particular, publications from biological sciences faculty, wildlife biology researchers and UM’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research are frequently searched. Other top downloads include articles from The Mathematics Enthusiast journal, undergraduate theses, and presentations and posters from the UM Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Walker said ScholarWorks centralizes and provides access to this important work and helps preserve it for the future.