About CU Commons

CU Commons is the home of the collected scholarship and creative works of Concordia University faculty, staff, and students -- and of their collaborators from around the world. These open collections, organized and made accessible by the Concordia University Libraries, demonstrate Concordia's commitment to the idea that shared information and academic collaboration are essential to the "progress of knowledge" in our global community.

Why CU Commons?

The intellectual inquiry and creative expression of Concordia’s faculty, staff, and students often result in work that has the potential to benefit people outside of the University. CU Commons provides a way for members of the Concordia community to not only share with those within their disciplines, but to also allow their work to be discovered and used in new and unanticipated ways.

CU Commons also provides a consistent, long-term home for work created at Concordia University. By contributing their work to CU Commons, students, faculty, and staff can be assured that their documents and files will be preserved and be available in perpetuity (which is helpful when placing links to work on resumes, websites, etc.).

What can be put in CU Commons?

Any type of file can be made accessible through CU Commons: documents, audio files, video files, data sets, presentation slides, research posters, software code, etc.

Currently, CU Commons has theses, yearbooks, faculty research, and our literary journal, The Promethean. As we grow, we’ll add articles, dissertations, monographs, book chapters, papers, research posters, conference presentation slides, original research reports, photographs, capstone projects, essays, videos, and archival transcriptions. If it’s a digital file, we’ll look for a way to include it.

How do people outside of Concordia find work that is in CU Commons?

CU Commons is crawled by Google, so anyone searching Google is able to find content related to their search terms in CU Commons. This means that people outside of Concordia don’t have to know that CU Commons exists to discover the work within it!

Adapted from Pacific University's CommonKnowledge About page