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Digital Commons @ Butler University

What is SelectedWorks?

SelectedWorks is a web-based service administered by the Irwin Library on behalf of Butler faculty. It provides faculty with clean, elegantly designed scholarly publication pages. Sites are customized to match the look and feel of the institution's web presence.

How do I get a SelectedWorks page?

Digital Commons @ Butler University Checklist

If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to start your profile, please complete and send the following items to

  • Fill out the Non-Exclusive License for Use in Digital Commons form
  • Updated CV or résumé
  • Updated department or personal headshot photo
  • Any other scholarship or creative work you would like included in your profile

Once you send these materials to, either the Scholarly Communication Librarian or Scholarly Communication Associate, will  check and clear copyright with the publishers before we post any full-text publications into Digital Commons @ Butler University. 

Advantages of SelectedWorks

Why SelectedWorks?
SelectedWorks allows you to promote your scholarship to a global audience.  It makes your work discoverable by content aggregators and library catalogs. In addition, pages are optimized for discovery which means that your page will rank higher than a personal web site in Google and other search engines.

Will all my publications be added?
The fulltext of your publications will be added to your SelectedWorks page based on the permissions guidelines for each individual publisher. We follow this formula, in order:

  1. Investigate all permissions on behalf of a contributor for all publications listed on their curriculum vitae.
  2. If permitted by the publisher, upload the original article to our repository.
  3. If the original is not allowed, upload a permissible version (e.g. pre-print, postprint, etc.).
  4. If permission is denied altogether, link to a full text database or other alternative full text source.

Can SelectedWorks be customized?
Irwin Library can customize SelectedWorks sites in several ways. Typical options include: Your photo, an introductory paragraph (brief bio. or personal information), your CV, contact information, honors and awards, areas of expertise, courses taught and links to additional resources.

The library recommends that you have a picture, your CV and your contact information as a minimum.  Please note that layout and design are not customizable, only content.

Statistics provided by SelectedWorks
Once there is content available on your site you will receive monthly download reports. In addition, the library can run a custom report for you.

What happens if I leave BU?
You can keep your SelectedWorks site up and available when you leave an institution because all content posted is perpetually available.  If your new institution also has a SelectedWorks account, then you can change your current SelectedWorks account to reflect the look and feel of your new institution.

Getting Started

Individuals affiliated with any Butler University, college, department, program, or other campus unit can contribute content. If you have something you would like to submit, please contact BU Digital Scholarship at

Digital Commons @ Butler accepts work that reflects the intellectual output of the university, including the scholarship and research of students, faculty, and staff that may or may not have been previously published. These materials may include, but are not limited to:

  • Journal articles, essays, or reviews (pre- and post-print)

  • Magazine articles

  • Contributions to books

  • Conference proceedings and papers

  • Technical reports and campus publications

  • Research reports from grant-funded projects with Open Access requirements

  • Presentations

  • Creative works (including scores, poems, plays, etc.)

Most digital formats are acceptable; however, we encourage you to use PDF formats for text-based works and are happy to convert MS Word files into PDFs on your behalf. SelectedWorks pages are capable of directly linking to an externally-held work if we are unable to secure rights to deposit your work into Digital Commons. If you are interested in digitizing your work for deposit or are unsure if you retain distribution rights, please contact BU Digital Scholarship at


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