Saturday, January 21, 2012

JSTOR Gets Bigger and Better - Thanks to WPUNJ Students!

This semester the Cheng Library has acquired three new journal collections for our JSTOR electronic archive: the Arts and Sciences Collection V, VI, and VIII. Along with the four collections already offered, we are now providing archival access to a total of over 1,500 titles, with over 890 titles - some 60 percent of the full collection - supplemented each year with new content. The three new collections increase the number of journals available through JSTOR by over 40 percent.

Our JSTOR electronic archive offers the complete backfiles of major journals in over 40 disciplines, with particular strengths in language and literature, art and art history, history, business, American studies and area studies, political science, philosophy, education, music, anthropology, mathematics and statistics, archaeology, and religion. In most cases a journal's archive extends back to the first published issue, making JSTOR a treasure trove of both high-quality contemporary scholarship and intellectual history (see, for example, one of the oldest items in JSTOR, the first issue of the "Transactions of the American Philosophical Society" published in 1769). In addition to the titles in our seven purchased collections, all other full-text journal articles in JSTOR published prior to 1923 are now accessible as well through the database.

Our acquisition of the JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collection V, VI, and VIII was funded through a generous gift from the Student Government Association (SGA). Thanks to the student's elected representatives, all WPUNJ students, faculty and staff will benefit from the rich resources provided by these collections. The Cheng Library is most grateful to the SGA for this contribution.

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