Digital Commons Surpasses Its 2000th Download!

What is Digital Commons? It’s our institutional repository that serves as a space to showcase faculty, staff, and students scholarship that they produce. DigitalCommons@Goodwin made its debut in the Fall of 2014 and already it has over 2000 downloads!

The repository currently holds over 400 items, and the most downloaded items to date are: “Bullet-Time in Simulation City: Revisiting Baudrillard and The Matrix by way of the ‘Real 1999’” by Randy Laist Curriculum Director and Associate Professor, English; “The Invasion of the Flapper: How the College Women of the 1920s Transformed the American College Experience” by Katherine Kalagher Associate Professor, English; “Effects of Personalized Narration on Learner Motivation in a Web-Base Environment” by Mark Fazioli Director of Online Studies; and “The Development of Two Anatomy and Physiology Courses that Allows Students to Complete Their Course Requirements at Home Using eScience Labs: Comparison Among Online, Hybrid and On-Ground Courses” by Debra Rajaniemi and Vicky Navaroli Assistant Professor of Science.

Check out Digital Commons for yourself. You will find papers and publications, capstone projects, photographs along with archival collections from our Special Collections. Items are constantly added, and the Digital Commons also has the capability to host conference materials, newsletters, visual materials, journals, and much more!

Interested in submitting your scholarly work to the Digital Commons but you are not sure how? For more information you can email our Digital Commons team at or call (860) 913-2042. You can also find some author FAQs here.




Over the weekend, the 1000th articles was downloaded from DigitalCommons@Goodwin. We’re all pretty excited about it. When we went live back in September, we hoped that we would reach this milestone in a year. Now we’ve done it with five months to spare.

What can DC@G do for you? We’ll let Dr. Randy Laist, Associate Professor of English, answer that (emphasis added):

Two weeks ago, I posted a white paper written by one of my students to Digital Commons. Within a week, the readership tracking tool on Digital Commons revealed that the student’s paper had been downloaded in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Pakistan, Suriname, and a dozen other locations around the globe. It is difficult to imagine a more effective demonstration of the power that writing can have in the twenty-first century. By allowing classroom instructors to make exceptional student writing available on the Internet, Digital Commons provides a direct pipeline from the classroom to the global marketplace of ideas. Students are impressed, challenged, and motivated by the kinds of opportunities that Digital Commons provides for disseminating their ideas.

Anyone from the Goodwin College community can contribute to DC@G! To learn more about how you can get involved, email or stop in the Hoffman Family Library.

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.

Institutional Repository Meeting Monday

The Hoffman Family Library is investigating Institutional Repository (IR) software to support our College Archives and Special Collections, faculty, staff, and students.

We are considering Digital Commons from bepress:

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, thereby extending the influence of your work and encouraging additional citations. 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.

This provides a permanent and organized digital presence for the intellectual and creates output of the Goodwin College community.

The mission of the HFL Digital Commons would be to:

  • Support college scholarship by providing centralized access
  • Promote faculty scholarship on a global level
  • Expand accessibility to college archives and special collections

The Hoffman Family Library would like to invite Goodwin faculty and staff to attend a webinar meeting with bepress on Monday March 10th at 1pm to learn more about Digital Commons.