November 2, 1999 . The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama, published irregularly as a service to the University Community.

USA Signs Agreement with JSTOR

by Dr. Richard Wood, Director

Thanks to the Internet and digitized technology, beginning November, faculty and students at USA will gain unprecedented access to the complete back runs (excluding the current three-five years) of 112 leading scholarly journals--including some that have been published continuously for more than 100 years.

University of South Alabama Libraries join over 480 other libraries who have signed an agreement to participate in JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community take advantage of advances in information technology.

JSTOR is creating a fully searchable electronic database, accessible with standard browsers via the World Wide Web, which will contain the archives of at least 100 major research journals in a variety of academic disciplines.

By participating in JSTOR, students and faculty at USA will now be able to retrieve complete copies of articles printed in the journals--some dating back to the 1800's. JSTOR's service is the only one of its kind that catalogs and digitizes the entire contents of periodicals that are more than 100 years old. Journals digitized by JSTOR include American Economic Review, American Historical Review, American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of the American Mathematical Society and the Journal of Asian Studies.

The addition of the journals in digitized format will significantly enhance USA's library collection while saving money and valuable shelf space.

JSTOR, located on our homepage under the Electronic Indexes button at http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/other.html#j and on the World Wide Web at http://www.jstor.org, was established in 1994 as a pilot project by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help libraries meet the space and budgetary challenges posed by the growing volume of scholarly research. JSTOR's charter participants include a diverse range of public and private colleges and universities of all sizes, from the nation's largest research universities to small, liberal arts colleges. JSTOR also offers a unique opportunity for scholars, researchers and students to gain better and easier access to important information, and allows users to research journals that may not be available in paper at their institution's library. Unlike most full-text, accessible, electronic resources, JSTOR is unique in offering researchers the ability to retrieve a high-resolution, scanned image of each journal page as it was originally designed, printed and illustrated.

For a complete list of journals by discipline go to http://www.jstor.org/about/field.list.html

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