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News, Scholarly Publishing, Digital Collections: JSTOR’s new look

What source offers digital access to centuries of journal publications? Which source provides online fulltext access to over 1.8 million articles in 47 academic disciplines? Which archive provides access to some titles beginning in 1665?

Answer: JSTOR (The Scholarly Journals Archive).

On April 4 2008, JSTOR introduced a new web and search platform redesign.

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Photo credit: JSTOR.org – Copyright 2008 – All rights reserved

While those of us at UConn medical library may not search JSTOR every day of the week, it is very reassuring to know that this unique archival resource is available if or when it is needed. (That is sort of like having a gas-powered generator out in your garage… you don’t need it often but when you do need it, it is invaluable! Bad analogy, sorry!)

What exactly can be found in JSTOR? Following are several excepts from their “About” Pages:

JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission: to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The JSTOR archive holds the complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600s. New titles and disciplines are being added regularly. Issues of journals are never “out”; they are always accessible to subscribers, and in excellent condition.

The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines [which] opens up vast possibilities for scholarship and research. Originally conceived as a project at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JSTOR began (in 1997) as an effort to ease the increasing problems faced by libraries seeking to provide adequate shelf space for the long runs of backfiles of print scholarly journals.

JSTOR is not a current issues database. Because of JSTOR‘s archival mission, there is a gap – typically from 1 to 5 years – between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR click here for more information on the JSTOR Moving Wall.

JSTOR is a subscription database. There are currently 2100+ participants in the U.S. (click here to see a list).

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