The simplest way to explain Docsity is an “online social learning network” for students and professionals around the world. The website was launched exclusively in 2010 for Italian students. But by mid-2012, it became an international website. Docsity opened its “doors” to worldwide university students.
And the best part is, it is advertisement-free and user-generated. There are more than 3 million study documents cataloged by subjects and study paths. As an international platform, Docsity is available in multiple languages, including Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Serbian, Russian, Polish, and Portuguese.
There are more than 15 million registered students on the platform. Simply put, if you need a document for your exam, you can find it on Docsity.
How to prepare for exams?
Preparing for an exam is always a tough challenge. One of the biggest challenges in preparing for an exam is finding the right study material. Luckily, Docsity is there to provide resources.
Some of the ways you can use Docsity to study include:
- Study with the several resources
- Prepare for your exam using the study notes shared by other students
- Search store documents or documents sold by students who completed their studies
- Search through all the study resources
- Explore questions
- Clear up your doubts by reading the answers to questions asked by fellow students
Join the community
Docsity is one large community of students who help each other out. We have all been there. We have all been students at one point in our lives. And we know how challenging it is to find the right material, the right answers, and so on.
With Docsity, you can join a great community. And you can ask the community for help and clear up your study doubts. Now doesn’t that sound easier than trying to figure it out on your own?
How did it all start?
Docsity was founded by Riccardo Oclepoo, a student who was displeased during his university experience with time management and the possibility of deepening study subjects. At one point, he had realized that finding the correct study notes was challenging, difficult, and sometimes, even impossible.
So, he was trying to solve these aspects of university life. That is how he started Docsity.com, which is an online platform for students to share and view notes for free and also discuss them with one another.
In a short time, thousands of students started sharing content on the website. Even the main Italian newspapers took notice and reported about the website, including La Stampa, Il Corriere, Il Sole 24 Ore, and more.
Riccardo Ocleppo, the founder, says, “After finishing the polytechnic, I found myself with a mountain of excellent Electronic Engineering notes. So, I asked myself, why not share them with students from all over Italy”.
And that is how one of the world’s most famous student platforms started.
How to Use it?
There are a couple of ways you can use the Docsity website. Of course, the most popular is document sharing. Here are some ways that students from around the world use the website to advance in their academic career.
- Sharing documents like study notes and all other university-related documents for other students to search, view, and download
- Networking, which is an underrated aspect of helping students meet with other students and form friendships, have fun studying, and interact
- News and blogs, providing content for students to read articles on everyday student life and even allow them to become authors
- Video sharing, videos from YouTube or upload your own videos for other students to view
- Q and A section, interact and help each other by answering questions from students and contributors
Some of the unofficial figures say that Docsity.com has more than 300,000 study notes, 400,000 Questions and Answers, 2000 academic videos, and 1000 published articles.
Students can upload and share notes in files like *.doc, *.PDF, *.PPT, and other popular image formats. The Q & A section allows students not only to get answers, but also to vote, rate, and comment on answers.
There is also a star rating system that will rank the content in the charts. Users can also post on walls, reply to comments, request friendships, and search for users from specific universities. Think of it kind of like what Facebook tried to do in the early days, connect students.
Is it Free to Use?
Signing up to Docsity is free, but you will need points to download the study notes. The good news is you do not have to pay for points. You get them by helping the community to grow.
Docsity is free to use, but it has a points management system to increase contributions from users. All users are awarded points for sharing content and contributing.
Here are some ways users earn points:
- Earn points for each uploaded document and even more based on the downloads your document gets
- Share documents like study notes
- Answer questions and help other students
If you like, you can also go Premium and earn Premium points.
How does it work?
We said Docsity is an international online community where students share and find high-quality content that helps them prepare for an exam. Those include study notes and exam questions and answers. The mission of the website is to help students share their knowledge.
All of the content found on the website was shared by students. The website believes in the power of sharing, the more you give, the more you get. And you earn download points that you use as currency.
As we said before, the website is available in 9 different languages. These include German, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Polish, and Italian. You can change the language of the website by clicking on the language symbol found in the header at the top right-hand side of the page.
There are some limits on what you can upload on the website. With that in mind, you can upload documents for which you own 100% of the intellectual property like summaries, notes, mind maps, PowerPoint slides, lecture notes, thesis, presentations, research projects, and more.
But you cannot upload the following documents:
- Content not created by you and one you are not authorized to publish
- Contents by created by you together with others who did not provide authorization for publishing
- Summaries and notes of books that are subject to copyright laws
- Parts of books that authors have not explicitly provided their consent to publish the material
Documents published on the Docsity website appear internally in the platform’s archives. Sometimes, they appear on search engine searches. But the overall visibility depends on factors like:
- Popularity according to content, is it in demand?
- Accuracy of the title
- Accuracy of the description
- What is your unique approach that sets the document aside?
- Readability and clarity of the document
- How far the document dives into the subject?
- How well does the document relate to the title?
- Competition with similar documents