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Poster: Molly Thunderbreeze Date: Oct 7, 2014 3:12pm
Forum: jstor_ejc Subject: What Value Has JSTOR Added to the Archive?

I am looking through the listings for "Journal of American Folklore" and the listings are filled with excerpts from these books.

This is a joke right? Most material put up by this entity has a couple sample pages for each volume. However, full versions are being sold on Amazon. When did Internet Archive become advertising for this type of activity. What JSTORE has put up here is a waste of the Archive's collective bandwidth.

I attempted to put a review up for each of this company's listings for the Journal of American Folklore, but the program probably sees me as a scammer because I tried to review each listing (there are 12 pages for this publication) to help warn potential downloaders these files are nothing more than advertising.

This post was modified by Molly Thunderbreeze on 2014-10-07 22:12:13

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Poster: biblioflicka Date: Oct 10, 2014 6:03am
Forum: jstor_ejc Subject: Re: What Value Has JSTOR Added to the Archive?

Molly,

I was initially confused by the excerpts as well. Upon further review, I realized that these journals have been cataloged and digitized at the article level, as opposed to the volume level This makes it easier for researchers to search for articles by topic if they don't know what volume contains the information they seek. This is typical of most article databases. I think we are just used to seeing items digitized as bound volumes here on Internet Archive, so I wasn't expecting it. Also, sometimes in these older journals, an article may be only a paragraph. We are used to longer articles with large headlines today, but some of the older journals did not follow this format. The same is true of newspapers of the time.

If a researcher does find a useful article from a specific volume and they want to read more from that specific volume, there is a hyperlink to pull those articles up as well. So, for example, if you come across the article Record of American Folk-Lore (January 1, 1892) available at https://archive.org/details/jstor-533468, and you want to see other articles from this volume, just follow the link in the metadata that says "Record of American Folk-Lore" is an article from The Journal of American Folklore, Volume 5 and you will get the other articles (https://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Ajstor_jamerfolk%20AND%20volume%3A5)

I hope this clears up the confusion, and sets your mind at ease regarding the usefulness of JSTOR to the community of researchers here at Internet Archive.