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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5 Million Downloads of WMU Research

ScholarWorks at WMU, the scholarly institutional repository of Western's research and creative works has reached a major milestone. People from over 230 countries around the world have downloaded over 5 million documents since its implementation in 2011. 

The repository contains many items produced by the WMU community: 15 journals published at WMU, student dissertations, master’s theses, honor theses, and posters, conference schedules and proceedings, journal articles, reports, projects, music recital programs, information about books published by WMU authors, university, college and department magazines and newsletters. Administered by University Libraries more works are added daily to the current 26,700+ items including digitization projects completed by the Libraries’ Digitization Center. 

Browse from the repository homepage by type of item or department or use the search box to look for authors or topics. An interesting real time map shows current activity – who is downloading what from where. The graphic below is an example of activity when the 5 million event occurred.  

The goals of ScholarWorks are to increase visibility and global discoverability of WMU's intellectual output, facilitate scholarly communication and preserve and provide long term access to the work of WMU faculty, students and staff. Submission information is online. Maira Bundza, the ScholarWorks librarian, is available for questions, 269-387-5207.