Humanities Commons Celebrates Open Access Week (October 22-28, 2018)

In celebration of Open Access Week this year, Humanities Commons is hosting five days of open access treats (no tricks!) on HC and on Twitter. We encourage all of our followers and members to tweet along with us by using our hashtag, #HCOAWeek and the official Open Access Week hashtag, #OAWeek. Check out our schedule of treats below:

Monday, October 22, 2018: CORE Repository Deposits

The Humanities Commons CORE Repository is home to thousands of open access scholarly materials, including articles, course materials, syllabi, blog posts, podcasts, visual art pieces, video essays, conference papers, and more. Today, we encourage you to treat yourself by downloading at least one CORE upload that is relevant to your work. If you’re on Twitter, let the world know what you’ve found by sharing the link and using our open access week hashtag (#HCOAWeek).

Tuesday, October 23, 2018: Using SHERPA/RoMEO

Today we hand out the treat of SHERPA/RoMEO, an online resource that helps authors to determine the standard open access policies of publishers. In order to understand how useful SHERPA/RoMEO can be, we want our members to either look up the policy of a journal with which you’ve published in the past or the policy of a journal with which you would like to publish using the SHERPA/RoMEO search engine. Even if you have transferred copyright to the publisher, you may have rights to share the publication (or some version of it). Let us know what you discover by tweeting us your results using our open access week hashtag!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Creative Commons Licenses

Wednesday’s treat contains information and awareness of Creative Commons licenses. A person who uploads a work to the CORE Repository has the choice of a range of copyright notices, including Creative Commons licenses. Today, we encourage members to check out the different types of licenses available and to consider which licenses might work best for the work they make available in the future. Let us know which licenses are your favorites on Twitter by using our hashtag for this week!

Thursday, October 25, 2018: Make Your Work OA With HC!

Today, we’re giving you the treat of being able to make your own work open access. Take a moment to upload a piece of work of your own to CORE using our convenient CORE Deposit Form. You can share a range of types of material in CORE, from articles to syllabi to blog posts. Not only is it quick and painless to fill out, but the CORE Deposit Form includes a number of handy features, including a quick link to SHERPA/RoMEO and a dropdown menu that allows users to select a Creative Commons license for their deposit. Once you’ve uploaded your work, tweet out your deposit’s DOI along with our open access week hashtag.

Friday, October 26, 2018: Open Educational Resources on HC

It’s the last day of Open Access Week, so we wanted to end with a  treat for educators. Today, users are encouraged to specifically search for syllabi and/or course materials available on the CORE Repository. One way to quickly look through one type of OA resources on CORE is to use the “Browse By Type” feature on the right-hand side of the CORE Repository page. For this treat, click either on “Course Material” or “Syllabus” to see a list of all CORE items that match this type. Once you find a course material or syllabus that interests you, please share it on Twitter using our open access week hashtag!


We hope this week of open access goodies and seasonal celebration helps you to increase your awareness and participation in creating a more open digital community of academics. To learn more about open access week, visit

HC User Spotlight: Lisa L. Tyler

I was recently fortunate enough to ask Dr. Lisa L. Tyler a number of questions regarding her digital project (Virtual Hemingwayas well as her experience as a member of Humanities Commons. Tyler is a professor of English at Sinclair Community College, where she teaches literature, composition, and business communication. Her research interests include modernist literature and intertextual connections between Ernest Hemingway’s fiction and novels by female authors. Tyler was also a major participant in the recent Humanities Commons digital summer camp, where she shared her thoughts, discoveries, and challenges. I was especially interested to learn more about Tyler’s Virtual Hemingway, a digital project that houses links to over 500 Hemingway-related online sources.

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HC User Spotlight: Sarah M. Dreller

For our second Humanities Commons member spotlight, I was fortunate enough to speak with Sarah M. Dreller, PhD, an independent art historian and editor in Chicago whose research focuses on the connections between architecture and modernity since the industrial and scientific revolutions of the late-18th century. Dreller is a particularly interesting person to interview because she has created multiple sites on Humanities Commons to support and share her research, as well as to collaborate with other scholars. Not only does she have a lot of experience designing and using Humanities Commons sites, but Dreller has also been an active and welcoming member across the platform. Her project sites include The Vanishing Porch in Perspective, which serves as a digital companion to her peer-reviewed article, Curtained Walls: Architectural Photography, the Farnsworth House, and the Opaque Discourse of Transparency,” and AfterImages, a collaborative work for which she served as the site’s designer and editor. Dreller is also currently building a CV site as well as a third project site, which she hopes to launch by the end of 2018.

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HC User Spotlight: The American Literature Anthology Project

Humanities Commons members are building wonderful and creative sites and blogs on our platform. We want to highlight your work, so over the next few months, I will be writing blog posts and conducting interviews to put a spotlight on individual users. We hope that these posts not only serve to celebrate HC members’ creations, but that they also work to provide members with a better understanding of the various possibilities that Humanities Commons offers. Above all, we hope these posts inspire you!

Before I dive into our first featured HC site, let me introduce myself. My name is Caitlin Duffy and I am a doctoral student in the English department at Stony Brook University. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to work as an intern with the Humanities Commons team (I definitely recommend interning with the MLA if you get the chance). As part of my continued connection with Humanities Commons, doing some freelance community engagement, I am writing some posts for this team blog.

For my first post, it seems only right to feature a site built by one of my professors. This semester I was fortunate enough to work as a TA with Dr. Andrew Newman for his American Literature I survey course for English majors. Rather than assigning an expensive anthology or multiple texts, Newman instead created an open access digital anthology, titled the “American Literature Anthology Project.” According to the description found on its home page, “This site presents a ground-up, dynamic, open-access anthology of American literature before 1900, developed by faculty and students in the English department at Stony Brook University. At present, it comprises most of the primary source texts for three Spring 2018 courses.”

Through this site, Newman has been able to design an entirely open access syllabus and has been able to share his anthology with other professors in his department. Additionally, by requiring the use of a group, which allows users to annotate any web document privately, publicly, or to an assigned group, students in his class take control of their own learning by helping to create their own annotated edition of the anthology. While most of these are available only to members of the class, you can see some of the student-produced annotations through the “Public” layer of

I hope that this blog post and Newman’s work encourages other members to use sites in new and interesting ways, including as a teaching tool. In order to provide a deeper understanding of his project, Andrew Newman answered a few of my questions.

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