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OpenCommons@UConn — Using and Citing Content

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Using and Citing Content in OpenCommons@UConn


All materials in the institutional repository are protected by copyright. Copyright is held by the author(s) of the documents unless otherwise indicated.

In general, you have the right to download and print a personal copy of materials in the repository. Unless otherwise indicated, you do not have the right to make additional copies, post, or distribute any of the materials, unless the contemplated use meets a reasonable determination of fair use or other legal exceptions. Uses of repository content exceeding these exceptions require permission from the copyright holder. You are welcome to link to or share links to OpenCommons@UConn materials with others.

Citing OpenCommons@UConn

Citations of materials that do not provide other publication information should include the following information:

  • Author (if any)
  • Title
  • Date (each document is assigned a date)
  • Name of the site: OpenCommons@UConn
  • Group responsible for the site: UConn Library
  • Date of access
  • Address of the document, which will usually start with (but see below for exceptions).

Below are two examples. The first one is from a document that  has not been published elsewhere, in this case a dissertation. The second one is from a journal article which has been published online. For each example, the MLA style is used.

AbdelAziz, Ahmed M., "Joint Attention, Supported Joint Engagement and Follow-In Comments in the Language Acquisition Process of Typically Developing Children and Children with Autism: A Longitudinal Analysis" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations. 1375.


Elder, Crawford. “Ontology and Realism about Modality.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 77, No.3, September 1999 (date of publication). 18 August 2006 (date of access).


Note that for the second example, even though the article may have been accessed via OpenCommons@UConn, the citation is to the original publication source. Citations of materials in the repository that are published elsewhere should cite the original publication source, which should be indicated on the cover page for the given document. If no publication information is provided, follow the guidelines above.

The layout or format of a citation will depend on the style being used. OWL Purdue Research & Citation is a great resource for the most well-known style formats.

If you have questions about formatting citations, please contact the OpenCommons@UConn Administrator