PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by PSU students, faculty, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors' works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access. The majority of content in PDXScholar is open access, meaning that the works are free of charge, with limited copyright and licensing restrictions.
In the last six months of 2013 alone, PDXScholar saw over 37,000 downloads; the total since July 1, 2013 is now over 70,000 downloads. PDXScholar now includes over 4,400 items.
PDXScholar’s strongest and most heavily used collections are those dedicated to student work. Of the top ten most-downloaded items in 2013, six were authored by graduate and undergraduate students.
PDXScholar has an extensive global reach, with users from Germany, Australia, France, Turkey, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Peru, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Norway, Ghana, Poland, Vietnam, South Africa, Spain, and Italy.
The following student and faculty works saw the most downloads from June - December, 2013.
Timur Shishkin, Marginalized Characters in Contemporary American Short Fiction -- Master of Arts (M.A.) in English: 1,323 downloads
Jonathan David Fine, At the End of the Peninsula -- Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing: 1,183 downloads
Sema Hasan, Women of the Scientific Revolution: The Forgotten Scholars -- Young Historians Conference: 480 downloads
Benjamin Hawkins, Exploring Realism and Magical Realism in Slum Novels of the Global South -- Undergraduate Honors Thesis: 447 downloads
Maryjane Dunne, The Representation of Women in Comic Books, Post WWII Through the Radical 60’s -- McNair Scholars Journal: 416 downloads
Charles H. Heying, Brew to Bikes : Portland's Artisan Economy -- Urban Studies and Planning Faculty Publications and Presentations: 2,259 downloads
Ted A. Scambos, Christina L. Hulbe, Mark A. Fahnestock, and Jennifer Bohlander, The Link Between Climate Warming and Break-Up of Ice Shelves in the Antarctic Peninsula -- Geology Faculty Publications and Presentations: 1,500 downloads
Susan M. Conrad and Douglas Biber, The Frequency and Use of Lexical Bundles in Conversation and Academic Prose -- Applied Linguistics Faculty Publications and Presentations: 1,325 downloads
Meredith Farkas, Participatory Technologies, Pedagogy 2.0 and Information Literacy -- Library Faculty Publications and Presentations: 1,006 downloads
William C. Porter, Bradley Kopp, Justin Charles Dunlap, Ralf Widenhorn, and Erik Bodegom, Dark Current Measurements in a CMOS Imager -- Physics Faculty Publications and Presentations: 744 downloads