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Information about MSW -Merrimack ScholarWorks-- Merrimack College's Institutional Repository

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Adding Your Work to Merrimack ScholarWorks

What You Do: 

1. Provide the Repository Administrator with a copy of your capstone/thesis/project/etc.

  • Email your project to, and include your advisor or professor in the email. No papers will be submitted without faculty approval.
  • The final version of your project is required for submission. Please make corrections to minor errors such as typos or formatting issues before submitting.  
  • For all text-based projects, files will automatically be converted to PDF. 

2. Complete the online Contributor Agreement Form: Contact the repository administrator if you have any questions about this form.

3.  Create a Digital Commons account ‚Äč(optional)This provides you with access to an Author Dashboard where you can review real-time download information, and global insights into the sources of readership.

  • This step is not required, but it provides you with more flexibility and control over reviewing your download information.
  • If you do not create a Digital Commons account, you will receive monthly download reports by email. 

What We Do:

1. Review your works for any copyrighted materials, and ensure works are in compliance with IRB.

  • Images, charts/graphs, music, videos, and other outside materials incorporated in your paper will be reviewed for copyright compliance.
  • Any use of human subjects requires college IRB approval. 
  • If either of these aspects is not in compliance, your work still be posted but only available to download by members of the Merrimack College community.

2.  Upload your work to Merrimack ScholarWorks: We follow the bepress Digital Commons submission form, which creates the metadata and citation for each of your works. We then provide access to your work in the form of a downloadable PDF file.  

  • Once your work is uploaded you will receive an email providing you with a permanent and stable link to your project. 

Submit to MSW

Creative Commons

Looking to protect you work? Assign a Creative Commons License. 

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

These free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

 If you are unfamiliar with Creative Commons Licensing, the repository administrator can help you choose a license that works best for your work.

The Licenses:


This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

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This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

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This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

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