We at the Rohrbach Library are pleased to announce that Kutztown University currently has access to JSTOR’s extensive collection of e-books. The PALCI Board of directors announced earlier this month that every library within the PALCI system will take part in this pilot program, which is expected to continue until the end of the semester at the earliest. KU students and faculty now have access to more than 20,000 academic books available on the online JSTOR platform.
The books in the database were all added to the collection based on levels of past use and existing demand. All of the books have been extensively integrated into the system and are cross-searchable, meaning that it’s now far easier to find books that have been cited in academic journals and articles, and vice-versa. Scholarly reviews for the books are also available and easily searchable, making the process of researching on JSTOR all the more easy and streamlined. To use the new service, simply click on the “Books” tab of the JSTOR results page after you’ve searched for something and you’ll see the wide range of books related your search criteria.
JSTOR also saves you the trouble of tediously scouring through a book’s index or table of contents for individual pieces of information by giving you search results that feature not just the book, but the specific chapter that holds the information relevant to your source. From there, you can view any other chapter of the book as you see fit.
Additionally, if you’re not a fan of reading long blocks of text on a computer screen, all of the books are capable of being downloaded and/or printed as a PDF, chapter by chapter.
The program will continue to add books to the program each month that it is in place. The initial pilot program is expected to run through to the end of the Spring 2015 semester, but if the program is deemed successful, the PALCI may continue to offer the service in future semesters. This is all the more reason to take advantage of this service while it is available.
The more you make use of this, the more likely it will be here to stay!
For more information on the ebooks from JSTOR, contact Bob Flatley.