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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.