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About JSTOR

What is JSTOR?

JSTOR is a database containing extensive back issues of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

What's the best printing option?

For optimal printing of JSTOR articles, choose JPRINT. This requires a special JPRINT helper application. Users at affiliated sites may download this application from the JSTOR Printing: Helper Applications page. Step-by-step instructions for downloading the appropriate version of the JPRINT helper application and for configuring it to work with your browser may also be found there.

JSTOR offers other printing options such as PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader. PDF will require more time to process than JPRINT. JPRINT is the fastest printing option because the helper application will begin printing as soon as the first page of the article has been downloaded, unlike PDF.

To set one option as your preferred method of printing, select the "Set Preferences" button from the JSTOR toolbar or from the printing page.

What years does JSTOR include?

JSTOR is unique because the complete backfiles of core scholarly journals have been digitized, starting with the very first issues, many of which reach back to the 1800s.

JSTOR's agreements with publishers include an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall." In most cases, the "moving wall" is a fixed period of time ranging from 2 to 5 years. "Moving walls" define the gap between the most recently published issue and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR.

Since "moving walls" vary, years included in the JSTOR database will vary depending on individual journal titles.

Where can I find more information?

Additional information is located at the JSTOR Web site. You may also call the Library at 214-648-2001 for assistance.

Why doesn't JSTOR include current journal issues?

Publishers rely on JSTOR to serve only as an archive for journal backfiles. This protects publishers from the threat of lost revenues if recent issues were available in the database.