Library News

Featuring JSTOR

JSTOR is a collection of nearly four thousand journals from over 50 different subject areas.  It provide access to the complete run of journal publications to the very first issue for hundreds of high quality academic journals, some of which date from the 1800s!  There are over 12 million pages available now.

One of the nice features (see screenshot below) is that you can easily browse or search the the broad subject areas or specific journals by simply checking a box.  While JSTOR has a broad range of subject areas that it covers, some subject areas are stronger than others.  The list below are areas of strength, and even within this list there are large differences.

Browsing and searching by subject areas or specific journals is easy. Just check your boxes and type in your search words.

Areas of Strength:

  • African Studies (55 journal titles)
  • American Studies (125 titles)
  • Anthropology (93 titles)
  • Archaeology (94 titles)
  • Art & Art History (195 titles)
  • Asian Studies (73 titles)
  • Biological Sciences (240 titles)
  • Botany & Plant Sciences (57 titles)
  • Business (235 titles)
  • Ecological & Evolutionary Biology (75 titles)
  • Economics (173 titles)
  • Education (141 titles)
  • History (334 titles)
  • Language & Literature (294 titles)
  • Law (94 titles)
  • Mathematics (72 titles)
  • Music (86 titles)
  • Philosophy (99 titles)
  • Political Science (153 titles)
  • Religion (74 titles)
  • Sociology (128 titles)

It used to be that JSTOR included only journal articles that we could access automatically.  That is no longer the case.  JSTOR has grown to offer more than just journal articles, and most people don’t know that it also includes book reviews, pamphlets, books, and miscellaneous publications.  So there might be more variety to your results than what first appear!

BROWSE results by the top tabs (e.g. Journals, Books, Pamphlets). The ARTICLE SUMMARY can include the abstract and a lot of additional info.

If you want to limit your results to only journal articles or book reviews, you can simply check a box from the main search page or click the tabs at the top of the search results page to your desired type of publication.  It is important to know that search results are defaulted to only show items you can access electronically.  You can also broadening your results to include everything in JSTOR.

A recent addition to JSTOR is the “Article Summary” which vary in quality from item to item.  Some items include rich abstracts, bibliographic information, author information, footnotes, graphs, figures, and images, other literature that cite this item, and the references from the article (some of which are even hyperlinked).  Your search words are highlighted too!

All of this creates a rich resource that people find very appealing. So if you haven’t used JSTOR in a while or ever, try it out!

For questions about JSTOR, contact a librarian.


Shakespeare Online Videos

Over the holiday break Willamette purchased access to 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays provided by Ambrose Video. Shakespeare is rightly called the world’s greatest playwright for the soaring beauty of his language, for his profound insight into human nature, for the truths he dramatized and for the realism of the characters he created. He was, and remains, a superb entertainer. You can access the videos from both on campus and off campus.

New Look for RefWorks

The Hatfield Library has enabled RefWorks 2.0 with a new, easier-to-use design.

Users logging in to RefWorks will see the new interface. Those wishing to use the old interface can toggle between designs using the link in the the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Users are able to switch back and forth at any time without affecting any data.

Some RefWorks tools, including Write-N-Cite and RefGrab-It, still have the old look, but they work seamlessly with the new interface and will be updated later this year.

Questions about the new look?  Contact Bill Kelm ( or John Repplinger (

New Database on Women’s Issues

The Hatfield Library has access to a new database called Contemporary Women’s Issues.

The database is a multidisciplinary, full-text database that brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, gray literature, and the alternative press, with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women’s lives in more than 190 countries.

User Feedback Wanted for Summit

OCLC is looking for feedback regarding the addition of being able to limit results to full-text, or materials that you can access immediately online. Please fill out this survey if you’d like to help us provide better results for Summit borrowing.

This will affect both Willamette’s Worldcat Local Catalog and also the Summit Catalog.

New Database: 19th Century Masterfile

The Hatfield Library now has access to 19th Century Masterfile.

The database provides indexing to pre-1930 scholarly publications and includes the online version of Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906, as well as other historical indexes.

To give an idea of what 19th Century Masterfile provides, here are some of the newest additions:

  • The Index to the Farmer’s Bulletin 1889-1939
  • Indexes to the Annals of Congress 1789-1894 and Register of Debates 1824-1837
  • 58 historical newspapers from Accessible Archives now linked
  • Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the U.S. Government (Ames) 1883-1893

New Environmental Database GREENR

The Hatfield Library has access to GREENR, an environmental database.
GREENR – Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources – offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more.

Lexis-Nexis Debuts New Interface

Lexis-Nexis Academic has a new search interface to use when researching newspaper articles, legal cases or company information.

Three New Music Databases

The Hatfield Library has three new music databases.
1. Contemporary World Music
Contains important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music – Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more. This release includes 2,147 albums, equalling 29,508 tracks, growing regularly.
2. American Song
Includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.
3. Jazz Music Library
The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. This release includes 5,068 albums and 61,584 tracks, growing regularly.

JSTOR Plant Science Database

The Hatfield Library has a new database called JSTOR Plant Science; it comes with current JSTOR subscriptions. It includes content from Global Plants Initiative partners, bringing the amount of materials to 800,000 type specimens, paintings, drawings, correspondence, and supporting materials from over 160 partners in 47 countries on 5 continents.
JSTOR Plant Science is an online environment that brings together content, tools, and people interested in plant science. It provides access to foundational content vital to plant science – plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials, making them widely accessible to the plant science community as well as to researchers in other fields and to the public. It also provides an easy to use interface with powerful functionality that supports research and teaching, including the ability to measure and record plant specimens, share observations and objects with colleagues and classmates, and investigate global plant biodiversity.
JSTOR Plant Science strives to be a comprehensive online research tool for aggregating and exploring the world’s botanical resources, thereby dramatically improving access for students, scholars, and scientists around the globe. It is useful for those researching, teaching or studying botany, biology, ecology, environmental and conservation studies.