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Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1995, JSTOR is used in more than 11,000 schools, universities, and institutions around the world. The collections in JSTOR include peer-reviewed scholarly journals, respected literary journals, academic monographs, research reports, and primary sources from libraries’ special collections and archives. 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 former Ecology & Botany, Biological Sciences, and Health and General Sciences collections), their Arts & Sciences I, II, III, V, and VII collections and their Early Journal Content collection.


Life Sciences Collection

The Life Sciences Collection spans four hundred years of science history and research in the sciences. This collection provides extensive coverage in the field sciences, with great depth in botany, ecology, and ornithology, along with important titles in general science, medicine, nursing, epidemiology, and public health. The collection includes the publications from several premier societies in their respective fields, such as the American Entomological Society, American Ornithological Society, American Society of Mammalogists, and Botanical Society of America. Additionally, five renowned botanical gardens enhance the offering of botany titles: Missouri Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden (U.S.); Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (U.K.); Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum, Berlin-Dahlem (Germany); and Nationale Plantentuin van Belgie (Belgium).


Arts & Sciences I

JSTOR’s first collection includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. The collection includes an exceptional group of history titles, such as The American Historical Review, the oldest scholarly history journal in the U.S, The Journal of African American History, Speculum, The William and Mary Quarterly, and The Journal of American History, published by Oxford University Press.


Arts & Sciences II

This collection adds depth to many disciplines introduced in Arts & Sciences I with core titles in new disciplines such as archaeology, classical studies, and geography. It includes a strong set of journals in political science, including International Affairs, founded and edited by the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Also of note is International Security, edited by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Other important titles that are part of this collection include American Anthropologist, American Antiquity, Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Geographical Journal.


Arts & Sciences III

This collection draws on titles across the language, performing, and visual arts, including all titles in the Music collection. It also features the largest cluster of titles on Eastern and Western religions on JSTOR. It includes a notable group of language and literature journals, with non-US scholarship in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, and Arabic. The collection contains PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association of America, first published in 1884. Other key journals span centuries of literature, including Contemporary Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900.


Arts & Sciences V

This collection includes important literary reviews and state historical titles, widening the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities. State historical societies are the key collectors of historical artifacts and documents, and in many cases are publishers of journals that have made core contributions to historical scholarship. State historical journals included in this collection are a unique contribution to American history. Many of the following have been publishing for over 100 years: Massachusetts Historical Review (established 1815), The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (established 1893), and California History (established 1927). Through collaboration with the History Cooperative, JSTOR strengthens its historical scholarship by adding over ten of the Coop’s journals to this collection. The diverse set of titles include Environmental History, Journal of World History, and Labour History.


Arts & Sciences VII

This collection contains titles in more disciplines than in any other JSTOR collection, and the most non-US titles in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Journals cover more than 30 arts, humanities, and social science disciplines, as well as business, finance, and health science fields. Includes journals with extensive publishing histories, such as Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, with more than 140 years in print, and Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest scholarly publication in the United States.


Early Journal Content

JSTOR’s Early Journal Content (EJC) makes articles from hundreds of journals freely available to the public on the JSTOR platform. This includes journal content published prior to the last 95 years in the United States, or prior to the last 143 years if initially published internationally.

You can find EJC articles by searching JSTOR and choosing its open content, or via our search portal for all open content on JSTOR.

Anyone may use the Early Journal Content for noncommercial purposes with acknowledgement to JSTOR as the source of the files. We also provide a free Early Journal Content data bundle for text mining purposes that includes full-text OCR and article and title-level metadata.


Updated November 2021


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