For those of you who are familiar with the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) you will pleased to hear that it has launched a new search & access interface which can be found at http://ora.ox.ac.uk/
New features include:
- Faceted search
- Full text copy available indicator on short records
- Publishers’ copy link indicator on short records
- Top downloads displayed on the home page
- Improved browse
So what is ORA?
For those of you who have never heard or used ORA before it is an online depositary of research publications by University of Oxford members. It includes published and unpublished work as well as research theses and acts and as such forms part of the Bodleian Libraries digital collections.
So how can it help?
As researchers with work to publish it can be beneficial. It acts as a single place to store your research which is both permanent and easy to access. ORA also helps to make your work more visible which can help with greater citation, funding and as the major search engines trawl ORA it makes it visible to a wide audience.
The new interface also makes it easy to search allowing for greater access to your work for your students or for you to find others working in similar fields.
If you are a student following a D.Phil., M.Litt. and M.Sc. (by Research) programme at Oxford it is also the place for you to deposit your thesis electronically. Information on how to prepare and upload your thesis can be found on the ORA help pages.