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Digital Commons repository reaches milestone
Sherrod Library with Memorial Fountain in foreground

JOHNSON CITY – Digital Commons @ East Tennessee State University recently reached the milestone of 2 million downloads.

Sponsored by ETSU’s Charles C. Sherrod Library, Digital Commons @ East Tennessee State University is an open-access institutional repository to collect, preserve and disseminate the scholarly and creative works of the university’s faculty and students.

Downloads have originated from more than 220 countries, with the most coming from the United States, Philippines, United Kingdom, India, Canada and Australia. 

Electronic theses and dissertations account for the most downloads and include the repository’s most frequently downloaded work, “The Effects of Character Education on Student Behavior.”  This 2002 dissertation by Dr. William G. Thompson has been accessed more than 51,700 times.

A few of the other works downloaded on April 16, the day the milestone was reached, include “The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus Operandi, and U.S. Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam,” a monograph by Dr. Paul Kamolnick, ETSU professor of sociology, published in 2017 by the U.S. Army War College; “Polymediated Narrative: The Case of the Supernatural Episode ‘Fan Fiction,’” a 2016 article by Dr. Andrew F. Herrmann, ETSU associate professor of communication, and Art Herbig, published in the International Journal of Communication; “The Effect of Caffeine and Ethanol on Flatworm Regeneration,” a 2007 master’s thesis by Erica Leighanne Collins; and “Energy-Efficiency Programs: A Supplemental Guide for Small Manufacturing Businesses,” a 2012 undergraduate honors thesis by Brittany E. Coleman.
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