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CHARLESTON – Booth Library announces the 1 millionth document download from the Eastern Illinois University institutional repository, The Keep.

According to a press release, The Keep features nearly 80,000 documents containing faculty scholarship, student and professional journals, graduate theses, undergraduate honors papers, EIU historical documents, committee documents and more.

The mission of The Keep is to digitize, preserve and promote the scholarly output of EIU, optimizing the content for easy online discovery.

The 1 millionth download was recorded on Feb. 6. On that day the biggest downloads were “Stress as a Moderator of Visual Perception: Do Elevated Stress Levels Interfere with Visual Cognition,” a graduate thesis by Ashley Ebersole, and “The Relationship Between Involvement in Extracurricular Activities and Academic Achievement of Students at Flora High School,” a graduate thesis by Linda Spicer.

The most popular paper overall is “Involve Me: Using the Orff Approach within the Elementary Classroom,” by undergraduate Amanda Long, a winner of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity. Her paper has been downloaded 19,833 times from around the world.

Other popular papers include graduate student Joseph Tillman’s thesis, “Improvements to Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Blades to Aid in Self-Starting,” downloaded 10,805 times, and Associate Professor Jemmie Robertson’s “An Integrated Approach to Preparing Paul Hindesmith’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano: A Guide to Help Achieve a Better Performance,” downloaded 8,367 times.

The Keep can be accessed at For more information on this open-access institutional repository, email


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