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November 28, 2018

The JSTOR Understanding series: a new research tool on JSTOR

The JSTOR Understanding series (Beta) is a free research tool from JSTOR Labs that fosters student engagement with classic literature by connecting passages in primary texts with journal articles and book chapters on JSTOR that cite those lines.

Building on the success of the Understanding Shakespeare tool, the Understanding series encompasses several key works of British literature such as Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice, the King James Bible, as well as all Shakespeare sonnets and plays. These… Read more»

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 less often… 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»

July 9, 2018

JSTOR Labs collaborates with Library of Congress Labs on “Inside Baseball”

This July 9-12, Library of Congress Labs is hosting “Inside Baseball,” a collaborative flash build with JSTOR Labs of new digital tools to explore the Library’s baseball-related collections data, building resources, and visualizations.

“Inside Baseball” will also work to connect collections across institutions through a partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, incorporating their baseball holdings into the flash build’s data set.

“We are so excited to join forces with JSTOR Labs… Read more»

June 27, 2018

Artstor images in JSTOR

JSTOR users at institutions that also subscribe to Artstor may encounter a colorful surprise: some search results on JSTOR are now displaying image results from the Artstor Digital Library.

This feature is in pilot stage. Currently, some 840,000 images are available in the JSTOR image search, and the number will grow as we obtain the rights to display more. Image search on JSTOR is not intended to replace search onRead more»

June 20, 2018

Text Analyzer wins SSP Previews Session People’s Choice Award

JSTOR received the first-ever People’s Choice Award for Text Analyzer during the SSP Previews Session at the Society for Scholarly Publishing‘s 40th annual meeting held May 30-June 1 in Chicago, IL.

In a plenary featuring 13 presentations about the industry’s newest and most innovative products, platforms, and content, attendees voted for Text Analyzer as most likely to have the most positive impact in scholarly communications.

JSTOR Labs Director Alex Humphreys demonstratedRead more»

May 17, 2018

JSTOR Daily: new look, same scholarly rigor

JSTOR Daily, our scholarship-backed magazine, has a new look. The new site was designed to make it easier for you to explore, discover, and read articles.

JSTOR Daily continues to publish articles based on peer-reviewed, fact-based, careful thinking and writing that help us understand what’s going on in the world today. As always, the underlying scholarship cited and linked in our stories is open and accessible to all readers. And with the new design,  it is now easier… Read more»

April 13, 2018

Mellon grant supports digitization and open access of Latin American scholarship

En español
More than 600 out-of-print scholarly books published by El Colegio de México will be digitized and made available in open access form by JSTOR, thanks to a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant has been offered as part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation to make important scholarly books available widely to students and researchers.… Read more»

April 13, 2018

Una subvención de The Mellon Foundation financia la digitalización y el acceso abierto a publicaciones académicas latinoamericanas

In English

JSTOR digitalizará y dará acceso abierto a más de 600 libros académicos publicados por El Colegio de México que están fuera de circulación, gracias a una subvención otorgada por The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. La subvención ha sido otorgada como parte del Humanities Open Book Program (Programa de Libro Abierto para las Humanidades), un proyecto conjunto entre the National Endowment for the Humanities y The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, cuya finalidad es… Read more»

April 11, 2018

Now available: JSTOR Security Studies

Our newest Thematic Collection is live: JSTOR Security Studies, featuring academic and policy research on international and national security problems and foreign policy issues.

The resource was built in collaboration with academics and librarians in the security studies community and brings together perspectives from around the world. When completed, it will feature 75 journals – all new to JSTOR – and up to 20,000 reports and policy briefs from over 100 institutes.… Read more»

April 5, 2018

Celebrate National Poetry Month with JSTOR

Since 1996, schools and libraries have been celebrating poetry every April with National Poetry Month. We’ve gathered some resources to help you join the celebration.

We created a set of printable flyers that highlight poetry topics in depth. Each flyer has tear-off tabs along the bottom that include citations for poems and articles on JSTOR. Print the files, snip the tabs, and post them in your classroom and library.… Read more»

April 3, 2018

New: Add notes and descriptions to your lists on My JSTOR

You can now do more with your lists on My JSTOR. In addition to saving your research and building outlines, students can now add notes to their citations and instructors can include comments or instructions when sharing a reading list with their class.

With the improved Lists feature, you can create an overall description for every list and add notes to each item. We have also implemented a rich text editorRead more»

March 27, 2018

EDUCAUSE on JSTOR Labs and Columbia Libraries’ TopicGraph

This week, EDUCAUSE Review explores the collaboration between JSTOR Labs and Columbia Libraries on the Reimagining the Monograph project, which resulted in the speedy creation of the TopicGraph prototype tool.

EDUCAUSE liked what it saw, writing that the two organizations “hit on a new approach to doing fun, engaging, fast-paced discovery by pulling together the best of design thinking, agile/lean startup processes, and commercial/academic partnership benefits.” The article goes on to describe the new tool,… Read more»

March 21, 2018

Changing the way we talk about metadata

You’ve probably heard that metadata is “data about data.” But that definition grates on Jabin White, ITHAKA’s vice president of content management. While correct, he says that explanation often calls for another.

White instead compares metadata to “an instruction manual for users of content.” He elucidates this concept in a recent article on Metadata 2020, where he also describes the evolution of JSTOR’s metadata strategy.… Read more»

March 9, 2018

197 Turkish institutions join JSTOR

JSTOR and the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM EKUAL) have announced a historic 3-year national agreement. In this arrangement, JSTOR will provide full access to 2,500+ journals and 2,100+ research reports on the JSTOR platform to 197 Turkish higher education and research institutions.

JSTOR collaborates with the academic community to help libraries provide students and faculty with access to vital scholarship. “Our mission to provide broad access to JSTOR is a collaborative effort,” said Laura Brown, JSTOR… Read more»

March 2, 2018

Coming soon: JSTOR Security Studies

This April, JSTOR is launching a new thematic collection gathering academic and policy research on international and national security problems and foreign policy issues. JSTOR Security Studies will bring together hard-to-find journals and research reports from around the world–all new to JSTOR–and will serve as a key resource for scholars working in this quickly-growing field.

Built in collaboration with librarians, scholars, and policy researchers, this interdisciplinary resource encompasses a wideRead more»

February 2, 2018

#ColorOurCollections

As we did last year, JSTOR and Artstor are participating in #ColorOurCollections, an online event hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. Using materials from their archives, institutions share free coloring content and invite followers to get creative from February 5 to 9.

This year we’ve created two coloring books with openly available images from the Artstor Digital Library and the JSTOR archive that will be available at <aRead more»

January 26, 2018

Louise Jones joins JSTOR’s Library Advisory Group

Louise Jones, university librarian at Chinese University of Hong Kong, has joined JSTOR’s Library Advisory Group. The group is composed of leading librarians from around the globe and provides JSTOR with guidance on strategic questions and decisions.

Ms. Jones became university librarian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. While there, she has led the development of digital services and technology-rich spaces and openedRead more»

January 22, 2018

Help improve Wikipedia with our new LibGuide

As it has for the past two years, Wikipedia is encouraging librarians to add reliable references to articles from January 15 to February 3 as part of its #1Lib1Ref campaign. And as we did last year, JSTOR is getting involved! We’ve updated our 1Lib1Ref LibGuide with easy instructions on how to find, evaluate, and link to citations.

JSTOR has long worked towards making Wikipedia a more reliable resource for researchers and the public at large. Since 2012, we… Read more»

January 22, 2018

Text Analyzer is now multilingual

Text Analyzer, the tool that allows you to use your own documents to search for articles and books in JSTOR, is now capable of analyzing content in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Using Text Analyzer remains as easy as always – simply upload a document, copy and paste text, or point to a URL. Text Analyzer then determines the native language, analyzes the document to determine its topics, and finds… Read more»

January 5, 2018

JSTOR joins Crossref Ambassadors

Crossref logoJSTOR has long participated as a Crossref affiliate, and now our digital content manager Lauren Lissaris has expanded that relationship by becoming a Crossref Ambassador. Crossref advocates persistent cross-publisher citation linking using Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in online academic journals, and its new Crossref Ambassadors program brings together volunteers from the international scholarly research community to improve scholarly communication and promote Crossref’s role in those efforts. Read more»