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JSTOR Collection of Journals is Now Accessible by UC Users

This collection contains full-text articles in 55 journals covering Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, and Sociology.  JSTOR plans to make available 100 titles by January 1, 2000.  Titles such as American Economic Review, American Historical Review, American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Asian Studies, Ecology, Journal of the American Mathematical Society, and Population Studies show the range of JSTOR’s journal collection.

JSTOR’s focus on digitizing entire back runs of core scholarly journals makes this digital collection unique.  Many of the initial issues of titles date as far back as the 1880s.  While current issues of journals may be available in print or through other electronic subscriptions, digital access to back files made available to all UC campuses is a significant addition to collections, and addresses preservation and storage needs as well.

High-resolution (600 dpi), bit-mapped images of each page of each issue are linked to a text file generated with optical character recognition (OCR) software.  Partnered with innovative Table-of-Contents indexes, these links permit complete search and retrieval of the journal material.  The electronic database is housed at the University of Michigan, where this technology was developed, and is mirrored at Princeton University.

JSTOR is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1995 by William G. Bowen, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and was funded initially by that institution.

On September 14, CDL announced the completion of a licensing agreement and subsequent systemwide access to JSTOR.  The press release can be read at ( or at (

Complete information about JSTOR is available at

To reach the JSTOR database from the Melvyl Home Page, select Resources from the sidebar and then select Electronic Journals.