• Libraries add database of many scholarly journals

    The UST libraries have received Bush and Mellon Foundation funds to acquire the JSTOR (Journal Storage) database of 117 scholarly journals. JSTOR is a fully searchable electronic database containing scanned images of major research journals in a variety of academic disciplines.

    The library will sponsor an open house to demonstrate JSTOR from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in Room 102, (left of the circulation desk), O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. Come for treats and a first look at JSTOR (with documentation and aids for the use of the system).

    The database contains the complete back issues of the journals, some of which began publishing in the 1870s. It is intended to serve as a “reliable archive” of these titles, available to users from offices, residence hall rooms and home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The most recent issues of the journals are not included in JSTOR, because it is not intended to be a current database, but rather an archive of back issues.

    JSTOR began in 1994 as a pilot project of the Mellon Foundation to help libraries meet the space and budget challenges posed by the growing volume of scholarly research. It relieves libraries of the need to store and maintain many volumes of journals, and gives them access to titles to which they have never subscribed. More importantly, it gives researchers a completely new way of using this material, since the articles are searchable by key word. Previously, the only access to these articles was through printed indexes of varying quality.

    The journals in the database currently are in the areas of African American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, sociology and statistics. The list of specific titles can be viewed at http://www.jstor.org/cgi-bin/jstor/listjournal.