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OUR@Oakland: OU's Institutional Repository

Content and Submission Guidelines

Content eligible for inclusion should be produced, submitted, or sponsored by OU faculty, staff, or students. The author/owner must be willing and able to grant OU the right to preserve and distribute the work via the institutional repository. 

Examples of content acceptable for deposit include:

  • Preprints, postprints, and previously published faculty publications
  • Working papers and technical reports
  • Conference presentations and posters
  • Student publications (Student newspapers, newsletters, magazines, journals)
  • Open Educational Resources (final copies)
  • University publications
  • Digital art
  • Dissertations and theses
  • OU-sponsored student research 
  • Student capstone projects 
  • Journals published by OU faculty and campus
  • University and local historical materials (curated by OU Archives)
  • Datasets, with the exception of data that contain personally identifiable information or other legally protected information, data that are encrypted, or administrative data (unless it is being used for research purposes)

This list is not exhaustive. Please contact with any questions about contributions. 

The University Libraries prefer that digital deposits be submitted in file formats that are suitable for long-term access. For preferred file formats, please see the list of digital formats in the most current publication of the Library of Congress Recommended Formats Statement.

The University Libraries reserves the right to exclude or withdraw work that is out of scope, inappropriate, or deemed offensive. 

Access Guidelines

By default, all materials in OUR@Oakland are openly accessible, available worldwide and discoverable through search engines. Special circumstances requiring some restricted access will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. 

If your work is covered by a publishing agreement, consult your publishing agreement to see if there are any access restrictions, commonly referred to as embargoes, or limitations on which version of the work can be shared. Embargo periods can be set during the submission process.

Submitted works will receive a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 4.0 Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International) license by default unless the owner chooses a different license upon submission. This does not replace owner copyright but simply communicates how a work can be used. 

Requests for withdrawal will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted to with the item’s title, URL, and reason(s) for the request.

update (11/17/2023)

Potentially Offensive or Sensitive Material

Oakland University Archives and Special Collections collects, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible the significant records that chronicle the university’s history as well as original materials on Oakland County history, Civil War history, women’s studies, and other fields that relate to the research and educational endeavors of Oakland University.

To support this mission, Oakland University Libraries provides access to digitized and born-digital collections for teaching, learning, research, and public enjoyment. Digitization allows our historical materials to reach a broader audience and enables our users to engage with cultural heritage in new and interesting ways. In providing digital access to these unique library resources through OUR@Oakland, we recognize that some content may be offensive or harmful, and may represent outdated views that do not reflect the values of OU Libraries. Images or language in these collections might depict racist, sexist, and/or hateful attitudes toward marginalized communities. We reject these views, and we strive to acknowledge the power imbalances inherent in our collections. While it is important to preserve the original context of historical materials, we are working to provide additional context for these items through descriptive cataloging, respectful terminology, and warning users about potentially sensitive content. OU Libraries are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we welcome input about your experience with these digital collections. Please fill out this form if you would like to report any potentially sensitive content.