25 October 2011

Early Journal Content on JSTOR, Free to Anyone in World

JSTOR announced in September that it is making journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. 

“This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.

While JSTOR currently provides access to scholarly content to people through a growing network of more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries, we also know there are independent scholars and other people that we are still not reaching in this way.  Making the Early Journal Content freely available is a first step in a larger effort to provide more access options to the content on JSTOR for these individuals.  

The Early Journal Content will be released on a rolling basis beginning today. A quick video tutorial about how to access this content is also available.”

This list by discipline helps identify which publications might be of most interest to genealogists. Some of the gem titles I spotted (e.g. these are publications with articles which I have always wanted to be able to view and didn’t have access to!) are:
o       The William and Mary Quarterly
o       The Wisconsin Magazine of History
o       The South Carolina Historical Magazine
o       Several other “state” historical magazines

In using this newly available collection, did you find some interesting tidbit which has helped your research or understanding of your ancestor’s lives?  If so, please share!

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  1. Fantastic. Within 60 seconds I found "Gold Mining Activity in Colorado" by T. A. Richard, The North American Review, Vol. 162, No. 473 (Apr., 1896). What a wonderful way to get a historical perspective on the lives of those that came first.

  2. This is a fantastic resource and, with your permission, I'm sharing it on my blog. I've learned a tremendous amount from being a member of NGS.
    Thank you.

  3. Please do share ... it it a wonderful resource!

  4. Someone noted that when you click on "discipline" you get a "page not found" ... just go to the main page, http://www.jstor.org/ and the "disciplines" are listed alphabetically underneath the search box!