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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

February 2005

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: What is DigitalCommons@ILR?

Answer: DigitalCommons@ILR ( is an institutional repository that offers electronic access to unique material that encompasses every aspect of the workplace. The repository is a service of the Catherwood Library. Research and scholarly output included within the Repository has been selected and deposited by the individual departments, centers, institutes, and programs within the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).

DigitalCommons@ILR highlights the scholarship of ILR faculty and researchers by making available their working papers, reports, conference presentations, journal articles, dissertations and theses, etc.?  The Repository provides a centralized single, easily navigable source and features customized email alerts, full text searches, and personalized saved searches.

In addition to the intellectual work of faculty, DigitalCommons@ILR also houses collections of digital material selected by the reference librarians and archivists at Catherwood. These collections were created from a growing concern over the loss of born digital materials and grey literature and the desire to ensure access to these resources for current and future students, faculty, and researchers.

Catherwood offers the repository as part of our ongoing mission to serve as a comprehensive information center in support of the research, instruction, and service commitments of the Industrial and Labor Relations School and Cornell community.