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Snell Library offers a variety of services to help users get started with the DRS, including documentation, consultations, trainings, workshops, and general guidance.
DRS User Documentation
DRS User Guide
The DRS User Guide contains helpful information about various DRS functions, like downloading and uploading files, as well as information about how the DRS operates, like how communities and collections are structured.
Terms of Participation
Information about how the DRS may be used is available in the Digital Repository Service Policies and Terms of Participation document
Snell Library FAQ
Frequently asked questions about the DRS can be found in the Snell Library FAQ.
Quick Guides (In Progress)
Sign in to the DRS by clicking the "Login" button on the top right corner of any page. Follow the prompts to sign in with your myNortheastern username and password. Once signed in, you can view your My Deposits Page, the batch loaders you have access to (if applicable), and your Sets page. If you have multiple myNortheastern accounts, an option to manage your identities in the DRS will be available from this menu, as well.
Uploading a File
Uploading a file
Navigate to the collection where you want to deposit a file. Click the "+Add" button in the breadcrumbs or the lower right portion of the page. On the following page, read and agree to the terms, select the file you want to upload, and select the appropriate proxy option, if prompted. Click the "Upload" button to submit your file. On the following page, enter the title of your file, the date it was created, the names of the people or entities responsible for creating the file, a description for the file, and at list one keyword. Select whether you would like the file to be public or private. If needed, select the name of the group who should be able to manage the files (or view, if the file is private). Once done, click "Submit". Your file will be processed and ready to view and download within a minute.
To create a new collection, navigate to the space where you would like the collection to live. If you want to create a new collection in your My DRS space, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Create a new collection". Enter the collection's title and description on the following page. Select a thumbnail, if desired, and the permissions for the collection. If you want others to be able to upload to the collection, select the appropriate group and choose the "edit" option. When done, click "Submit".
To create a collection from within another collection, click the "+Add" button in the breadcrumbs or in the lower right portion of the page.
Searching and Exploring
Searching and exploring
The main search box is located at the top right of every page in the DRS. Enter a keyword in this search box to search across all files and collections you can access in the DRS (be sure to sign in to search everything you have access to). Search results will appear on the page in a list sorted by the default relevance. Results may be switched to a grid rather than list view. Results can be narrowed by clicking the "Limit your search" button. You may also alter the sort order and the number of results per page.
The homepage has a few useful options for browsing, including options viewing all theses and dissertations, research publications, presentations, and monographs in the system. You may also focus your search by searching within a collection. Navigate to the collection you would like to search and enter your search terms in the collection search box near the collection title.
Downloading and Saving
Downloading and saving
Files may be downloaded locally or saved in a Set to be viewed later. Click the appropriate file type button to download one file at a time. To download multiple files, check the box for each file you want to download (These button options are available in Grid View from the "Downloads" button.) Click the number next to your name in the top right corner of the page to see the queue of files you have selected for download. You can edit the list, clear the list, choose to save the files in a Set, or download the all the files at once.
You may also save files in a Set. Click the "Save for later" button next to the download options to select the Set where you would like to save the file. You can also choose to save all files from a search page or from a collection browse page to a Set by clicking the "Save for later" button near the search options.
Your Sets can be found from the dropdown next to your name in the top right corner of the page. On your Sets page you'll see the Sets you've created and the Sets that have been shared with you. When you open a Set you can see its contents, as well as an option to manage it. You can also create new Sets from your Sets page.
Digital Repository Manager
General Inquiries: Contact the Snell Library's Repository Team to start a new project, ask questions about files or features, or for general inquiries about the DRS: library-repository-team[@]northeastern.edu
Issues: Use Snell Library's Report a Problem form to submit an issue with DRS features, files, or metadata.
Training and Consultations: Contact the Digital Repository Manager to set up a training or general consultation: sj.sweeney[@]northeastern.edu
Digital Scholarship Group: DRS support is one of the many services provided by the library's Digital Scholarship Group.