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Repositories

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The purpose of Durham Research Online (DRO) is to give access to the outputs and results of research conducted at Durham University in England. DRO contains descriptions of journal articles, conference and working papers, book chapters and reports. The full-text of these publications is available if authors' copyright agreements with their publishers permit. Final published versions might not be available, more usually it's the final accepted, peer-reviewed manuscripts. However, the content ought to be nearly the same.

Note that you can cite and reference a file deposited in a repository in the bibliography of your own paper. Guidance is provided below.

Enter authors' names or words from the title of the publication or any subject keywords. Search terms are matched against words in DRO records and also within the full-text of deposited files. The Durham e-Theses service is searched as well.

SEARCH TIPS
  • Enter Surname, Initial to search for a specific author
  • Use double quotes to search for an exact phrase, eg "welfare reform"
  • Use + to combine search words and phrases, eg "welfare reform" + "new labour"
  • Use - to exclude search words and phrases, eg "welfare reform" - "European Union"
SEARCH RESULTS
  • All
    • Matching records have been found in both DRO and Durham e-Theses, they may or may not have full- text
  • Papers - full-text
    • Matching records found in DRO only, full-text is available open access unless under an embargo
  • Papers - abstracts
    • Matching records found in DRO only, they may or may not have full-text
  • Theses
    • Matching records found in Durham e-Theses only, full-text is available open access unless under an embargo
SEARCH TIPS
  • Enter Surname, Initial to search for a specific author
  • Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard to select more than one Department

Select Browse by Year - for example to quickly find the latest publications - or Browse by Department. Both options can be accessed from the Quick links menu at the right of the screen. Browse results can be sorted by the first-named author or by the item type - eg article, book chapter etc.

It's simple to include a reference to a file deposited in a repository in the bibliography of your own paper. Provide the usual details of the published version, then add the URL of the repository version and the date when you accessed it.

For example, use this format for a journal article:

Surname, Firstname (YYYY). ‘Article title’, Journal title, Volume(Issue), pp. N-NN. Available at http://dro.dur.ac.uk/NNNN ; Accessed DD/MM/YYYY

Instead of re-typing the publication details, you can copy and paste the information from the DRO web page describing the output. The same details are repeated on the cover sheet attached to each deposited file.

Most of the content in DRO can only be used for personal research or study, educational or not-for-profit purposes. But an increasing number of deposited files have been published under the more liberal Creative Commons licence type known as CC-BY. This licence does allow commercial re-use, but under the specific condition that the author of the publication is 'attributed' - ie fully credited as the original author.

An increasing number of researchers are publishing their outputs under one of the range of Creative Commons licences. RCUK-funded researchers must must publish under a CC-BY licence if they use RCUK funds to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to their publisher to make their paper available Gold open access.

Check the copyright statement in each DRO record for details of the licence or terms and conditions under which any deposited file has been made available. The same details are repeated on the cover sheet attached to each deposited file.

Our Use policy contains further information.

TAKE-DOWN POLICY

If you are the rights owner of any file deposited in DRO, and you have not given permission for its deposit, please email or write to the DRO Team. The file will be 'taken down' (ie removed) while we investigate.

Our Takedown policy contains further information.