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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min): Use Cloud & File Storage

This guide is designed for students in the D.Min. program.This page has basic tips about using Duke Library resources. Use the tabs to navigate to course-specific resources.

Duke's Box Storage

Duke’s Box is a cloud-based storage and collaboration service for all Duke University and Duke Medicine faculty, staff and students. With Box, users can access, store and share content securely with Duke and non-Duke users — anywhere, anytime, on any device. Visit the FAQ page for more information.


  • Access 50 GB of cloud storage space
  • Upload large files (up to 5 GB)
  • Access and upload files from mobile devices
  • Search the full text of online documents
  • Track document changes with versioning
  • Lock files to guarantee single user editing
  • Set expiration dates for links and data
  • Replace email attachments of all sizes with shared links
  • Maintain conversation history by adding comments to documents
  • Utilize project management functions such as tast assignments and due dates

What you can do with Box

  • Access your Box account anywhere, anytime, and from any device with an Internet connection.
  • Share documents and/or folders with anyone inside or outside of Duke with a click of a button. 
  • Collaborate with others by adding comments, assigning tasks and creating documents together.

Cloud & File Storage Comparison






Cost + registration

5GB Free
Create an account
2GB Free
Create an account
7GB Free:
Create an account
5GB Free

5GB Free

Pros Integrates well with Google accounts. Easy to use; widespread. Works well with MS Office files. File type & size restrictions. Secure; OIT-supported.
Cons Occasional security issues.
Occasional security issues; smallest amount of GBs. No Mac client.  Compatible with PCs, but intended for iOS/Macs.
Sharing among Duke users only.
Sharing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (with Duke users only).
Help Guide to using Google Drive Dropbox Help Center  Skydrive Help & How-To Set-up & How-To Guide to using Webfiles

Collaboration and Sharing