Using Digital Commons as a Reference

DCcaptureWe introduced Digital Commons @ Goodwin (DC@G) back in September at the beginning of the fall session. Since then we have uploaded over 300 works to the institutional repository, with more going up nearly every day. Goodwin’s faculty has begun to understand the power that the platform has to spread their scholarly works around the globe. What seems to be less known is what a great tool it is for students doing research for papers and such.

By using the search box in the left column of every page of DC@G, users can find information on a wide range of topics. Choose to search “in this repository” to see only work created by members of the Goodwin community, or select “across all repositories” to search the worldwide Digital Commons Network. As they put it, “The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.” It’s a great way to expand a search beyond the familiar combination of the library’s subscription research databases and Google.

The Digital Commons Network, which includes all of the works contributed by Goodwin faculty and staff, contains a plethora of scholarly works for students to draw from and cite. Digital Commons even offers a readymade suggested citation, all formatted and ready to go.

We highly suggest you try it out the next time you’re doing research.