Department of the Interior employees are offered access to this database at their desktops. Other users must come to the Interior Library to use this database or contact a Reference Librarian for assistance.
Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1995, JSTOR contains the complete back-runs of hundreds of journals and is available at more than 1,500 libraries in 71 countries. JSTOR's journal collections usually include all issues back to the inception of the journal, contain PDF images of original articles in each issue, and are full-text searchable through each article. With participation and support from the international scholarly community, JSTOR has created a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive of scholarship and continues to greatly expand access to scholarly works and other materials needed for research and teaching globally.
The Department of the Interior Library's JSTOR subscription currently includes access to their Life Sciences Collection (which is a compilation of their Ecology & Botany, Biological Sciences, and Health and General Sciences collections), the Arts & Sciences II collection, and the Arts & Sciences VII collection.
At 161 journals and 8 million pages, the collection is JSTOR's largest, spanning 400 years of science history and research in the sciences. Disciplines include aquatic science, botany, developmental & cell biology, ecology, paleontology, and zoology. In the Life Sciences Collection, researchers can trace the origins of many scientific sub-disciplines through more than 25 journals that commenced publication over one hundred years ago. Through the multidisciplinary Proceedings and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Science, Science News, and BioScience, the collection features scholarship and news from across the sciences. The collection also includes a number of the most highly cited journals in the fields of biology, botany & plant sciences, ecology & evolutionary biology, immunology, ornithology, and zoology. The Life Sciences Collection includes all the titles available in the Ecology & Botany, Biological Sciences, and Health & General Sciences collections.
The Ecology & Botany Collection contains 29 titles. Founded with the assistance of the Ecological Society of America, it includes this society's premier research journals alongside a range of titles broadly focused on ecosystems. Topics covered by the ecology journals are wide-ranging, from biodiversity and climate change to conservation and experimental biology. The botany titles—including the oldest botanical journal in the Americas—encompass a range of subjects such as plant biology, systematic botany, and taxonomy.
The Biological Sciences Collection includes 159 titles. Coverage in this collection offers depth in fields such as biodiversity, conservation, paleontology, plant science, and zoology.
The Health & General Sciences Collection features 25 important historical scientific journals and top publications in the health sciences, offering published scientific research dating as far back as 1665. The collection includes publications of the Royal Society of London, which extend back to the seventeenth century, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, which dates from the early twentieth century. A cluster of titles in nursing and epidemiology is also available.
The Arts & Sciences II Collection is home to 128 titles, including core, peer-reviewed journals covering subjects areas relating to the general arts and sciences. Arts & Sciences II is a multidisciplinary collection containing the digitized archives of journals in history, economics, Asian studies, classics, history of science, archeology, geography and African, Latin American, Slavic, and Middle Eastern studies. Journal titles in this collection include the Journal of African History, American Anthropologist, American Antiquity, American Ethnologist, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Journal of American Folklore, Archaeological Reports, The Journal of Field Archaeology, Economic Geography, Geographical Review, Ethnohistory, The Journal of Contemporary History, International Migration Review, and The American Statistician.
The Arts & Sciences VII Collection includes 183 journals, and covers an eclectic range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including history, political science, sociology, art and art history, and language and literature. Journals that are a part of this collection include Agricultural History, American Indian Quarterly, Anthropology Quarterly, Buildings & Landscapes, Ethnology, Frontiers: a Journal of Women Studies, Land Economics, Pacific Historical Review, Philadelphia Museum of Art Bulletin, The Public Historian, and the Western Historical Quarterly.
JSTOR is making journal content published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This content includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR. It is taking this step as part of its continuous effort to provide the widest possible access to content on JSTOR while ensuring the long-term preservation of this important material. The free Early Journal Content is available for use by anyone, without registration and regardless of institutional affiliation. JSTOR believes that all of the Early Journal Content is out of copyright. Copyright term outside the United States is set at the life of the author plus 70 years; JSTOR believes that 1870 is a reasonable date to assume that all copyright is expired.