Monday, August 30, 2010

Improvements to the JSTOR interface

One of our biggest and most popular databases, JSTOR is making some improvements.
  • There is no Basic Search. The default is the Advanced Search page, which has been rearranged a little, but you'll find all the same features.
  • Right under Advanced Search is Browse By Discipline. This is a great way to look for journals that might address your topic.
  • By default, you will now be searching all JSTOR content, not just content the library has access to. This means JSTOR is no longer an all-fulltext database. If you want to turn off this feature, you have to select that option using a button on the Advanced Search or the Results page. While this is a small inconvenience, it means that you will be able to discover more articles on your topic. While they may not be available through JSTOR, you can look for them using other library databases or other SUNY libraries. (Did you know you have borrowing privileges at all SUNY, CUNY and New York community college libraries? You do!)
  • You can track down articles that cited a particular article. This is a great way to find more articles on a topic.
Remember that you can always click the Help button at the top right of every JSTOR screen. Or Ask A Librarian!

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