Research Commons

Digital Commons helps institutions save, share, showcase, publish and promote research, scholarship and collections.

Browse Digital Commons Portals

Below is a list of Digital Commons portals that allow you to explore research and scholarly works by subject, consortia, or region.

Digital Commons Network
The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.

Digital Commons of SUNY
Digital Commons makes research at SUNY openly available to scholars around the world. Digital Commons of SUNY makes it possible to explore the breadth of SUNY's scholarship from Binghamton University, Buffalo State University, Stony Brook University, SUNY College Cortland, SUNY Geneseo, University at Albany, and the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Illinois Research Commons
The Illinois Research Commons is an Open Access portal that showcases research and academic scholarship conducted at public universities in Illinois. It makes the academic works openly accessible to scholars around the world. It also features a real-time global readership map, highlighting the international reach and impact of research from Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

Kentucky Research Commons
“The Kentucky Research Commons brings another dimension to open access, collaboration, and the intellectual output of universities in the Commonwealth through a shared research portal. Faculty can showcase their research; students can explore research and creative efforts across Kentucky; legislators, funding bodies, and all citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond can visualize the impact of educational outcomes in one place. The Readership Map highlights in real time the use of the portal and dramatically visualizes international reach. While each institution shown in this portal realizes individual growth and impact, the collective strength cannot go unnoticed in this endeavor.”- Connie Foster, Dean of Libraries at WKU (2011-2017). WKU News, “New Digital Portal Expands Global Visibility for Kentucky Research,” April 30, 2015,

Law Review Commons
Representing over 50 law schools, the Digital Commons Law Review Commons is one of the biggest open-access collections of law scholarship in the world and includes material from top schools like Duke, Yale, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Cornell and Georgetown. Showcasing law review articles, book chapters, briefs, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work, the Digital Commons law network is completely open access, meaning researchers will never run into paywalls or empty records—only full-text, open access research and scholarship are included.

Liberal Arts Research Commons
The Liberal Arts Research Commons makes research at those Oberlin Group member institutions that use Digital Commons openly available to scholars around the world. By aggregating these collections into one open access portal, the Liberal Arts Research Commons makes it possible to explore the breadth of scholarship across the Oberlin Group.

Nebraska Scholarly Commons
Nebraska Scholarly Commons is a service of the University of Nebraska libraries. Research and scholarly output in this repository is to showcase the work of our faculty, staff and students at the University of Nebraska Kearney, the University of Nebraska Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Ohio Scholarly Commons
Ohio Scholarly Commons showcases the scholarly and creative output from 22 of Ohio’s prestigious institutions. This discovery portal brings together the outstanding research from faculty and students of the “Buckeye State.”

Pennsylvania Scholarly Commons
The Pennsylvania Research Commons makes Pennsylvania's finest scholarship, from undergraduate journals to faculty monographs, available to scholars around the world. The Pennsylvania Scholarly Commons also showcases unique library collections and notable university archives of regional interest and local history across the “Keystone State.”

Teaching Commons
The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. The Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.

Undergraduate Research Commons
The Undergraduate Research Commons is a discovery portal to exemplary undergraduate work including award-winning capstone projects, faculty-mentored research, and peer-reviewed scholarship from hundreds of undergraduate institutions using Digital Commons. The Undergraduate Research Commons also makes it easy for undergrads to see which peer-reviewed journals and conferences are currently open for submissions, and submit their own best work for consideration.

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