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DigitalCommons@SHU: Nuts & Bolts, Policies & Procedures

The place where you can find out all the stuff you wanted to know about SHU's Digital Commons site.

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"Digital Commons is the leading hosted institutional repository software for universities, colleges, law schools, and research centers. A Digital Commons repository showcases the breadth of scholarship produced at an institution - everything from faculty papers, student scholarship, and annual reports to open-access journals, conference proceedings, and monographs.

Scholarly material and special collections in Digital Commons repositories are highly discoverable in Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines. Additionally, articles in Digital Commons repositories are indexed in the Digital Commons Network, a free discovery tool for full text scholarly articles used by researchers worldwide. The content is all the institution's own; bepress provides the platform, the support, and the expertise" (Bepress, 1999-2016).


Why use DC?

Digital Commons@SHU is a digital collection provided and managed by the Sacred Heart University Library. DC is an online software that allows the library to upload works created by students, staff and faculty affiliated with the university.  Its purpose is to archive and display the intellectual and creative output of the University’s faculty, staff, and students. Works are listed by year within the individual academic departments. Full text is posted when permitted by publisher copyright policies. It also allows us to make digital objects from our special collections or archives available. Resources accessible through DC can be accessed anywhere in the world with internet.

Digital Commons hosts a variety of materials, including: 

  • Faculty research, publications, and presentations
  • Student theses, dissertations, and papers
  • Departmental newsletters 
  • University publications (Sacred Heart University Review, SHU Magazine, Prologue Yearbook)

What can be added to Digital Commons@SHU?

  • Journal articles
  • Conference materials
  • University documents such as course catalogs
  • Theses/Dissertations
  • Data sets
  • Working Papers
  • Images, video, and audio files … and more



On May 19 Digital Commons reached the milestone of 500,000 full text downloads.


Digital Commons & materials on faculty SelectedWorks sites have more than 567,780 downloads from 214 countries.


1,300 individual items were added to Digital Commons and SelectedWorks in 2015/2016 for a total of approximately 6,000 items in both platforms.


In 2015/2016 there were more than 165,000 downloads from 209 countries.


The top downloading countries were the United States, then China, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, and Germany. 


There are now 210 SelectedWorks profiles for SHU faculty.


Have questions about Digital Commons @SHU

or SelectedWorks?

We are here to help!


Deana Santoro-Dillon

Digitization and Scholarly Publications Manager
Tel: 203-396-8274


DC Telegraph: Stories from the Community

The DC Telegraph is a weekly blog that spotlights the Digital Commons Community's IR success through short stories that share best practices. 



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