Adding a New Log-in Method

When you created for your Commons account, you set yourself up to log in with one of five methods: GoogleHumanities Commons ID, ORCID ID, MSU Single Sign-On, or Legacy MLA Commons ID. After registration, you can add an additional log-in method. First, go to and hover over your name and avatar at the top right of the screen; when the menu appears, choose Settings, the last option.

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Then, click Link another log-in method. You’ll see an introduction and set of instructions—click Let’s get started! to continue.

You then have the option to use Google or ORCID credentials to log in to the Commons. If you are affiliated with MSU or Legacy MLA Commons, you can also add those login methods here.

Adding ORCID as a Login Method

If you select to add an ORCID ID to your account, you’ll be directed to ORCID’s website to complete the next step. At this point, you’ll either need to log into your existing ORCID account or register for an ORCID ID. ORCiD has more details on the registration process on their website.

ORCiD login screen

Once you’ve signed in or created an account, you’ll be prompted to authorize or deny access between your Humanities Commons account and ORCID. Select Authorize access.

A box with the option to authorize access between Humanities Commons and ORCiD.
At this point, you’ll be directed back to the Commons and you’ll receive a message confirming your login method has been added.

Adding Google as a Login Method

Signing in with Google will let you enter with any Google account username and password, regardless of the e-mail address you used during registration.

If you choose Google, you’ll be prompted to enter your Google username and password (or click on an account if you’re logged in to one currently). You’ll then be asked to approve the connection between the Commons and your Gmail account. To approve it, click Allow at the bottom of the approval screen.

Having trouble with any part of this process? Please contact us.