ERIC Number: ED414927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work. Analysis of JSTOR: The Impact on Scholarly Practice of Access to On-Line Journal Archives.
Finholt, Thomas A.; Brooks, JoAnn M.
This study reports on faculty response to the Journal STORage project (JSTOR), an online system for accessing digital back archives of core journals in history and economics. Data were collected about general journal use, Internet use, and JSTOR use via a survey administered to 160 historians and economists at the University of Michigan and at five liberal arts colleges: Bryn Mawr College, Denison University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and Williams College. Results show that most faculty do not yet use JSTOR. When JSTOR use occurs, frequency of use is positively related to being male, having a preference for photocopying journal articles, relying on article abstracts when reading journals, and the frequency of searching online card catalogs. Increased numbers of journal subscriptions and affiliation with an economics department are negatively related to the frequency of JSTOR use. The findings suggest that faculty may be willing to substitute access to digital journal back archives for access to bound journals, but this willingness may vary by discipline. Ten tables present statistics. Contains 16 references. (Author)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Archives, Economics, Electronic Libraries, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education, History, Information Sources, Internet, Nonprint Media, Online Catalogs, Online Systems, Periodicals, Printed Materials, Researchers, Scholarly Journals, Tables (Data), Use Studies, User Needs (Information)
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Web site: http://www.arl.org/scomm/scat/
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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