I don't have electronic versions of old working papers that I'd like to include in the repository. Is it okay to scan the printed page to a PDF file?
Yes -- scanning printed pages is a great way to create PDF files for inclusion in the repository. There are two ways to scan a page: using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) or scanning the page as an image. Making OCR scans requires careful proofreading, and it’s important to keep in mind that the original formatting of documents will be lost. However, OCR scans can be searched and image scans cannot. The best solution takes advantage of both of these methods. Many software applications allow for the OCR capture of image scans. When documents are scanned this way, users see the image scan but search the full-text of the document. This is the preferred method for scanning documents for the repository.