The University of Pennsylvania’s ScholarlyCommons Repository is a an open access collection of the scholarly output of its faculty, researchers, and graduate students. It promotes dissemination of the collection and preserves it in a freely-accessible, long-term archive. One can browse by schools, departments and centers, by locally published journals or series, by dissertations and theses, or by disciplines using a very cool color wheel to go from broad to specific topic areas (such as Social and Behavioral Sciences to Communication to Speech and Rhetorical Studies).
The Annenberg School currently has over 300 Departmental Papers posted. Each month I get a usage report on downloads which features the most “popular.” This month, and some others preceding, the three most downloaded papers were:
Mass Communications Research and the Study of Popular Culture: An Editorial Note on a Possible Future for this Journal by Elihu Katz (1959)
The Two-Step Flow of Communication: An Up-To-Date Report on an Hypothesis by Elihu Katz (1957)
The Effects of Television on Children: What the Experts Believe by Joseph Turow (1985)