JSTOR Access for Alumnae

Imagine having six million articles available right on your computer

by Jane Falla

Teachers, lawyers, writers, researchers, or any alumna with an inquiring mind can now access JSTOR, a vast digital archive of more than 1,200 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Thanks to the Friends of the Smith Libraries, alumnae can take advantage of this licensed service for free through the AASC Website.

JSTOR contains more than six million articles and one million primary sources such as letters, monographs, pamphlets, government documents, and drawings on topics ranging from art history to economics to zoology. You can easily search content by title, author, words, abstracts, or disciplines, and journals are archived from their first issue (some dating as far back as the 1700s) up to the past three or five years.

It’s like “having an incredible library at your fingertips,” says Mary Irwin, Smith’s gifts and development officer for the libraries—a service that usually has a fee attached to it. “We’re really pleased to be able to make some of the resources that are available to students and faculty to our alumnae,” she adds.

Margaret Thompson ’70—a professor of history, political science, religion, and women’s studies at Syracuse University—is thrilled with this service. “As a historian, I use JSTOR almost daily, and train my graduate students and serious undergraduate students to rely on it. Enabling alumnae to access JSTOR gratis is explicit recognition that Smith women’s education and intellectual curiosity doesn’t end with Commencement. How wonderful that Smithies—whether on campus, five years out, or 55 years out—are still part of the college’s scholarly community.”

To access JSTOR, log on to the Alumnae Directory and click on JSTOR in the left-hand column. You will then need to complete a one-time registration for JSTOR with a login name and password.