Freel Library adds JSTOR, making research quicker, easier


Scholarly journals from as far back as the late 1600s are now available online to MCLA researchers through the JSTOR database.

The campus community now has a great new resource to support research and teaching with the addition of JSTOR, an online collection of core, scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, as well as in general science and the social sciences.

This new, online resource is available to MCLA's students, faculty and staff thanks to the generosity of the Hardman Library Grant and donors to the Sowing Seeds for Success capital campaign.   

The digital archive contains more than 2,000 scholarly journals, each of which features full-text articles. With just a few clicks of the mouse, conducting research through the JSTOR data base not only is quicker and easier, but more comprehensive.

"JSTOR is a very well-regarded and well-known resource, and we're really excited to have it now for our students and faculty," said Maureen Horak, associate dean of library services at the Freel Library.

The database contains publications that range from the contemporary to those that date as far back as the late 17th century. Some of its oldest scholarly journals still publish today. They include American Anthropologist from 1888, American Historical Review from 1895, Journal of Political Economy from 1892, and Geographical Journal from 1893.

JSTOR includes the original publication for each of its journals, up to within two to five years of the current issue.

"They call this the 'moving wall,'" Horak said. "Next year, JSTOR will include another year of the journals' contents."

The resource is wonderful, she said, for those who wish to conduct in-depth and historical research, and particularly for those interested in the humanities and social sciences.

Because of the importance MCLA places on undergraduate research, JSTOR is a significant addition to the library's offerings, Horak said.

"It's not only going to be more research material, it's going to add a lot of depth. The journals that are in JSTOR are key academic, very scholarly journals. And, because JSTOR includes so many journals, it's a good place to find information that otherwise might be difficult to come across. A lot of other data bases' memories don't go back quite that far."

MCLA's librarians have integrated JSTOR's journals into the Freel Library's other databases.

"For example, if a student is searching in a different database and finds a citation, but that particular database does not include the full text of the journal, we have set it up so that, if we have it in JSTOR, a link will pop up and you can get that article," Horak explained.

JSTOR may be accessed from the library's website at library, or you may link to it from MCLA's other databases, such as World CAT or Google Scholar.

Already, students and faculty have begun to access JSTOR.

"We definitely want people to give it a try," said Horak. "We think they'll be very excited by it."