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Student Scholarship in SOAR (Scholarly Open Access Repository)

Information about submitting your electronic thesis, dissertation or capstone or project in the Scholarly Open Access Repository (SOAR) at USI.

What is SOAR at USI?

The Scholarly Open Access Repository, better known as SOAR at USI, is a digital collection of scholarship, research, and creative works produced by faculty, students, staff, and other members of the USI community. SOAR at USI is administered by Rice Library in cooperation with various departments and academic units of the University.

What can go into SOAR (Scholarly Open Access Repository)?

  • Articles 
  • Capstone Projects
  • Datasets
  • Dissertations
  • Posters that are presented at a conference
  • Projects
  • Thesis
  • And other items. Ask us if you are not sure if it should be in SOAR.
For questions about submitting your work in SOAR contact Peter Whiting, Scholarly Communication Librarian,

Why submit your work to SOAR at USI?

Benefits of SOAR at USI include:

  • Stability: Your work. once uploaded in SOAR, has a persistent URL that you can link to from email, CV, resume, email, and social media.
  • Visibility: If someone searches for you online, what would you like the result to be?  How about your scholarship and degree.
  • Connections: People interested in your research, such as other academic researchers, students, or publishers, can find out about your scholarship.

USI Dissertation & Thesis Templates

Rice Library has developed Word templates to enhance the accessibility and standardizations of dissertations and theses to aid in the production of a high-quality, highly accessible product for submission to SOAR at USI. These templates have been approved by Graduate Studies and the programs which require a dissertation or thesis. If you are unsure which citation style is appropriate for your thesis, please speak with your advisor.