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November 13, 2018

An initiative to learn how plants have shaped human societies

Plants offer remarkable opportunities for interdisciplinary research, and Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR are collaborating to launch the Plant Humanities Initiative to foster this work through scholarly programming, the exploration of primary sources, and digital publication via a new scholarly research tool.

Head to the Scientific American blog to learn more about the initiative. There, Yota Batsaki, executive director of Dumbarton Oaks, and Alex Humphreys, director of JSTOR Labs and associate vice president of JSTOR, explore how to confront the considerable… Read more»

November 1, 2018

JSTOR and Apex CoVantage mark 20 years bringing academic research online

Today JSTOR, the global, non-profit digital library of thousands of journals, books, and primary sources, and Apex CoVantage (Apex), the innovative digitization and publishing solutions leader, mark the 20-year anniversary of their relationship. The organizations have pioneered the high-quality conversion of academic publications from analog to digital form, breathing new life into millions of pages of scholarly research dating back to the 1600s.

JSTOR was founded in the mid-1990s, initially as a grant-funded project from the Andrew W. Mellon… Read more»

October 30, 2018

Easier access to research tools on JSTOR

In addition essential academic content, JSTOR also includes a growing set of tools that can help researchers explore and use the content in novel ways. Now these resources are easily discoverable from a new “Tools” menu that appears on the top of every page on JSTOR.

The two resources currently available from this new menu are the award-winning Text Analyzer, a new way to search, and Data for Research, a service that enables researchers to define… Read more»

October 3, 2018

Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR to launch Plant Humanities Initiative

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides support for digital tool and research and scholarly programming

Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute of Harvard University, and JSTOR, the digital library for research and teaching that is part of the non-profit ITHAKA, are launching, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Plant Humanities Initiative: a digital tool with related research and scholarly programming to advance the field of Plant Humanities. To this end, the Foundation has awarded JSTOR a… Read more»

September 19, 2018

JSTOR makes its Research Basics course easier to access

JSTOR has made its popular Research Basics course easier and simpler to access. Research Basics, a free and open online course designed to help early college and college-bound students learn academic research skills, was originally available as a Moodle course that required registration; it has now been moved to the LibGuides platform and the registration requirement removed.

Research Basics is not specific to JSTOR, but covers a range of key research skills broadly applicable to academic research.… Read more»

August 8, 2018

Researching Baseball’s Cultural History Reinvented

Baseball has been a mainstay of American culture since the 1800s. Not only do millions watch games, myriad fans pore through player statistics, collect baseball cards, and immerse themselves in the game. And then there are those who make baseball their life’s work, delving into the sport’s history and its cultural and socio-economic impacts. Baseball historians do their work by heading into print and digital archives and sifting through materials, hoping to discover stories that have not yetRead more»

July 30, 2018

Blurring Shakespeare with help from JSTOR Labs

Derek Miller’s project, To Quote or Not to Quote, features all of the Bard’s plays, but actors won’t be using it to memorize their lines. The professor of theater history at Harvard University has created a clear–yet blurry–visualization of how we cite the works of William Shakespeare. Using an API built by JSTOR Labs to calculate the number of times every line from every play has been cited in JSTOR, Miller makes the text look fuzzier the… Read more»

July 23, 2018

Celebrating 20 years of partnership between Jisc and JSTOR

Forty academic, library, and publishing leaders from across the UK and U.S. gathered at Pembroke College on July 3, 2018 to commemorate a two-decades-long relationship between Jisc and JSTOR, two organizations jointly committed to using technology to advance research and education.

JSTOR is well-known to Pembroke faculty and students as a high-quality digital resource, while Jisc provides many technology-related services to Oxford and across the UK higher education sector, including the Janet network and digital content.

In 1998, JSTOR… Read more»

July 12, 2018

Live-stream: “Inside Baseball” with Library of Congress Labs and JSTOR Labs

This July 13 starting at 10:15 AM, Library of Congress Labs will live-stream “Inside Baseball Labs Showcase,” featuring a demonstration of the week’s collaboration with JSTOR Labs.

In addition to presentations from JSTOR Labs and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the LC Labs team will unveil a new baseball data set with which researchers and enthusiasts can create new tools on their own. The showcase will culminate with a conversation on baseball and American… Read more»