Have you heard about the JSTOR thesaurus? Launched in 2013, the thesaurus comprises several source thesauri and controlled vocabularies and is being integrated with the JSTOR platform to improve searching and evaluation of content. In early October, Sharon Garewal, Senior Metadata Librarian, conducted a 30-minute introductory webinar to JSTOR’s subject thesaurus and how we’re using it to improve discovery for researchers.
Signing up for a free MyJSTOR account is now even easier! You can now skip the registration form by signing up with your Google account. Afterward, you’ll always be able to sign in with one click.
JSTOR’s open access (OA) content keeps growing! The RAND Corporation has now made 1,200 OA titles freely available to researchers around the world on JSTOR. This brings our total open access ebooks to more than 2,100. You don’t need to register or log in to read or download any of these books, and there are no DRM restrictions on the PDFs.
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Sweet! JSTOR Daily received the Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature award from the Association of Food Journalists for Cara Strickland’s “Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis’s Guilty Pleasure?”
The Association of Food Journalists is a professional organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating responsible food journalism, and this year’s awards recognized excellence in 13 categories of food writing and editing, visuals, and multimedia. Other… Read more»
On August 29, Library Journal and JSTOR hosted a panel on the benefits and tradeoffs of Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA). EBA is a purchasing model that allows academic librarians to combine insights from usage data with their deep knowledge of local research and teaching needs to build an ebook collection that serves patrons now and in the future.
Library Journal’s senior technology editor Matt Enis moderated the panel, which… Read more»
JSTOR is now one of more than 700 organizations currently working with ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). ORCID is a not-for-profit that provides unique identifying codes to scientific and other academic authors and contributors.… Read more»
What lessons did we learn in making JSTOR accessible to people with disabilities? And what challenges now lie in making Artstor, a resource steeped in visual art, more thoroughly accessible? This summer, Lauren Trimble, ITHAKA’s User Advocacy & Accessibility Specialist, presented "From Text to Art: Building Accessibility into the JSTOR and Artstor Digital Archives" at the 11th European e-Accessibility Forum. Lauren outlined JSTOR’s process of adopting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to make our archive accessible, and she described the rich possibilities ITHAKA faces as it draws Artstor into a higher level of conformance. Read more»
A recent piece in The Atlantic highlighted the negative social and mental health effects smartphones are having on American teens. Not so fast, says Alexandra Samuel, JSTOR Daily’s tech columnist. Samuel shifts the focus to the effects of smartphone culture on another generation—the parents of those teens.
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JSTOR now offers the complete run of Scientific American from 1845 to 2012, with new content to be added each year. Scientific American is included in the JSTOR Life Sciences collection, where it joins more than 150 other esteemed publications. The addition of Scientific American expands JSTOR’s coverage of a broad range of scientific fields, and will additionally benefit interdisciplinary researchers working across the humanities and social sciences. Read more»
You may have noticed that JSTOR has become easier to use. That’s because we recently rolled out a new visual design that enhances the searching and browsing experience, and clarifies access options. The functionality you’ve come to expect remains the same, and the redesigned interface now features:… Read more»