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Digital Selected works Gallery Guide and Reference

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Selected Work Gallery


Advantages of SelectedWorks


Why Selected Works?
SelectedWorks allows you to promote your scholarship to a global audience.  It makes your work discoverable by content aggregators and library catalogs. In addition, pages are optimized for discovery which means that your page will rank higher than a personal web site in Google and other search engines.

Can Selected Works be customized?
J B Coleman Library can customize Selected Works sites in several ways. Typical options include: Your photo, an introductory paragraph (brief bio. or personal information), your CV, contact information, honors and awards, areas of expertise, courses taught and links to additional resources.

The library recommends that you have a picture, your CV and your contact information as a minimum.  Please note that layout and design are not customizable, only content.

Statistics provided by Selected Works
Once there is content available on your site you will receive monthly download reports. In addition, the library can run a custom report for you.

What happens if I leave PVAMU?
You can keep your Selected Works site up and available when you leave an institution because all content posted is perpetually available.  If your new institution also has a Selected Works account, then you can change your current Selected Works account to reflect the look and feel of your new institution.

Selected Works Gallery


Getting Started

1. Sign Up Select the Menu button at the top of the page and select Sign Up to create an account. Fill out the required fields starting with your PVAMU email. Select your URL (this cannot be changed later) and institutional affiliation. If you already have a SelectedWorks page, you can affiliate it to your email.

2. Add biographical information to your profile. Enter an introductory paragraph at the top of the page along with a photo. Select the About tab to include information about yourself including positions held, your cv, courses taught, research interests, and awards.

3. Adding content. There are several different ways to add content. Begin by clicking the Add work button and select from the following options:

  • Upload a File -Create Metadata and Upload your own versions of your work. Always be sure to check the copyright permissions of any work that has been published elsewhere.
  • Add a Link - Link out to your work. This is especially useful if your publisher will not allow you upload a copy of your work.
  • Add Metadata - Include descriptive information only for your work.
  • Import works - This will search Digital Commons and identify any papers that might be yours. Click the box next to each title that is yours; choose the appropriate document type; and choose appropriate display categories. Then, click "Import." The paper will then appear on your site.​

***We recommend you use the Import function when you first create your profile.***

Helpful documents and links

John B. Coleman Library
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 519, MS 1040, Prairie View, Texas 77446
Physical Address: L.W. Minor St. / University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446
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