About Institutional Repositories


The Digital Commons @ Andrews University is a service of the Andrews University libraries. Research and creative scholarship included here has been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centers on campus.


The Andrews University Mission Statement proclaims,

Andrews University, a distinctive Seventh-day Adventist institution, transforms its students by educating them to seek knowledge and affirm faith in order to change the world.

The Digital Commons @ Andrews University engages the pursuit of this mission by

  • providing both the faculty and the students of Andrews University a voice in global conversations through their research and creative scholarship
  • telling the Andrews University story through the digital archiving of campus publications, public documents, and images
  • sharing the unique teaching resources of Andrews University for the benefit of the global community

Andrews University has identified four core strengths, and the Digital Commons @ Andrews University supports these in the following ways:

Live Wholly -- the theme of this plank is to highlight the value of nurturing not only the intellectual aspects of our lives, but also the social, physical, and spiritual. The Digital Commons @ Andrews University has aggregated the research completed by faculty and students that both supports and informs this theme. Furthermore, the wholistic virtue of generous service empowered by the Digital Commons @ Andrews University elevates research and creative scholarship from a momentary personal achievement to a contribution that continues to benefit others.

Explore Intentionally -- the core idea is to provide an environment where students can discover their vocation. The Digital Commons @ Andrews University provides a snapshot of what vocation means in the lives of faculty and students who are actively engaged in research and creative scholarship; and then provides a place to give expression to that vocation through research and creative scholarship.

Learn Deeply -- as students learn deeply, the Digital Commons @ Andrews University provides the platform to showcase their work. This opportunity is a recognized motivation for enhanced effort to achieve excellence in their work. As modeled by their professors, engaging in research and creative scholarship becomes a delightful experience as they grow in knowledge and competence.

Engage Globally -- the Digital Commons @ Andrews University optimizes search engine visibility, with the result that this research and creative scholarship reaches a global readership. Because of Andrews University’s internationally diverse faculty and student body, this platform privileges research that impacts the global community.


The types of content showcased in the Digital Commons @ Andrews University include but are not limited to:

  • Faculty publications
  • -- Journal articles
  • -- Book chapters
  • -- Book publications
  • Student scholarship
  • -- Dissertations, theses, project documents, honors theses, capstone projects
  • -- Both Graduate and Undergraduate posters, papers, and presentations
  • -- Performances and Creative works
  • Conferences
  • Journals
  • Books
  • Research Data
  • Open Education Materials

All content has been reviewed and approved according to the Digital Commons @ Andrews University collection policies.


The Digital Commons @ Andrews University includes works from Andrews University faculty, students, departments, and archives.

  • Institutional repository
  • School and department profiles
  • Faculty author profiles
  • eJournal publishing
  • eBook publishing
  • eConference publishing
  • Research data hosting
  • Copyright and rights management
  • Digitization Services
  • Supports the mission and the core strengths of Andrews University
  • Provides authors with readership statistics through an Author Dashboard
  • Provides a platform for showcasing student research collectively and by department
  • Engages in information literacy formation across the curriculum
  • Provides enhanced global visibility for faculty and student scholars through search engine optimization/li>
  • Provides reports and statistics to support administrative strategic decision making on academic programs
  • Showcases the strengths of programs in marketing Andrews University to prospective students and faculty
  • Positions Andrews University as modeling responsible and generous service to the world