How do I post an update?

When logged in, you can post brief status updates or announcements from the News Feed page. Simply click on News Feed in the menu. Type your update in the text box below the “What’s new” prompt, then click Post Update when finished. The post will be publicly visible in the activity stream and under Recent Commons Activity on your profile.

Screenshot of "what's new" prompt on news feed.

What is the difference between a group and a site?

Whether it is best for you to use a group or a site to share information on Humanities Commons depends on your communication goals. If you would like to communicate with colleagues who are interested in a certain field, topic, or professional issue, you may want to start or join a group. Groups facilitate interaction between group members, since members can participate in discussions, collaborate on docs, and share files. Participation in groups is limited to Humanities Commons members. You can read more about groups in our ‘Creating a Group’ guide.

While groups offer a great way to connect with members on topics of interest, sites are by default open to the public and allow you to engage with a community beyond Humanities Commons. Sites can be a helpful platform for outreach, crafting a professional presence online, circulating information, reaching a broader audience for your research or project, and posting longer reflections. You can explore this in more detail in our ‘Creating a Site or Blog’ guide.

How do I upload files to a group?

When you join a group, you can post content on the Commons by contributing to the discussion board, creating a new doc, or uploading a file. If you want to upload a file, go to Files in the group menu.

Illustration of group menu

You will see a list of files that have been shared by other colleagues. After clicking Upload a New Document, you can upload your file, give your document a display name, and offer a description. Click Save when you’re finished.

Please note that file size is limited to 2 megabytes, so you may want to use a compression tool (such as Small PDF) if your file exceeds the limit.

Can I edit my comments?

Comments provide a useful record of ongoing conversation on a blog post, forum topic, or other element of Humanities Commons. As a result, the platform values transparency and to emphasize that online discussions and publications are always evolving. Where possible, we encourage you to follow up with a new comment rather than editing existing comments, especially where others may already have responded.

However, we understand that you might wish to fix a typo or make other small revisions to a post or comment. You may edit your comments on forum topics by clicking the “Edit” link above the relevant text. Make the correction you desire and then click the “Submit” button below. The time stamp on your comment will be updated to reflect your modification.

Editing a comment on a blog post requires the site’s admin to edit it on your behalf; contact them directly for help.

How can I join a group?

There are three types of groups on the Commons: public groups, private groups, and hidden groups.

Public groups will appear in the directory of groups, and anyone can join by clicking Join Group on the group’s page. All content in public groups is visible, even to people who aren’t logged in to the site.

Private groups will also appear in the directory of groups, but membership may be restricted in different ways. To request to join a private group, click Request Membership on the group’s page. If the request is approved, you’ll be able to view the group’s content.

Hidden groups won’t appear in the directory of groups, and their content is viewable only by their members. New members must be invited to join by existing group members.

Why should I deposit my work with CORE?

Depositing your work with a repository ensures that it is archived and attributed to you and makes it quickly and widely available to others.

Works deposited with CORE are automatically given a permanent identifier called a DOI. DOIs provide persistent, citable metadata for scholarly and creative works, including gray literature such as blog posts, syllabi, data sets, presentations, and video and audio files.

Since you can associate items you deposit with up to five Humanities Commons groups, CORE offers the added advantage of sharing your work with an immediate audience of scholars in your field.