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DigitalCommons@WOU User's Guide

This guide provides information about DigitalCommons@WOU, Western Oregon University's digital repository for collecting, managing, preserving and providing access to the research and scholarship of the WOU community.


DigitalCommons@WOU (DC@WOU) is Western Oregon University’s digital service for collecting, managing, preserving and making available the intellectual outputs of the campus community. Materials related to the history, organization and management of the University are also found in DC@WOU.


Materials found in DC@WOU are openly available to anyone with an Internet connection. Users do not have to register or log in to make use of the materials in DC@WOU.

Accessing your account

To access and manage your account click the My DC button at the top right-hand side of the DigitalCommons@WOU home page.

You will be redirected to the Digital Commons login screen.

If you do not have an account, you must sign up for one in order to proceed, as Digital Commons @ WOU is not linked to the WOU Portal. We recommend signing up using your WOU email address.

Please choose the appropriate tab on the left for more information about how to deposit your type of work.

Need to make changes?

►If you recently submitted your work and have been asked to change something, see Document Review Process.

►If your work has already been accepted into DigitalCommons@WOU, and you want to change something, please contact us.

Benefits of DC@WOU

DC@WOU provides numerous benefits for WOU faculty and students, as well as for the University itself:


1. Universal access. Everything in DC@WOU is freely available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. There are no toll-based subscription walls blocking access to your work.


2. More exposure. DC@WOU makes your work freely available to anyone who may be interested, which in turn, can improve the impact of your work..


3. Easier information discovery. Your work is full-text searchable, making it discoverable through Google, Google Scholar, other large search engines and library search tools.


4. Persistent access. You’ll receive a persistent URL for your work that won’t break or disappear. You can paste this URL into any document, resume, vita or webpage.


5. Robust statistics.  Authors (and other creators) receive monthly download and readership reports.


5. Long-term preservation. Hamersly Library is committed to maintaining and preserving an item’s file(s) and associated metadata.


6. New computational research technologies. DC@WOU can take advantage of new computational research technologies to provide additional functionality, such as text mining and data linking.


7. Highlight research. DC@WOU provides a showcase for your department’s research and scholarship. You can use your community’s collections to attract scholars, researchers and funding.


8. Create a corpus of WOU research and scholarship. DC@WOU captures the intellectual capital of Western Oregon University in one place.