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We all…….. you all…… need to know about JSTOR because you can use this libraries-only database from the Family History Library.

Internet Genealogy magazine (June-July 2013 issue…… www.internet-genealogy.com ) carried a great explanatory article about this website. I quote from Diane L. Richard’s article:

“JSTOR is a digital library containing more than 1,500 academic journals, books, and primary sources. Until not long ago, it was only available to academic and similar researchers affiliated with a participating institution. …… After a trial test, JSTOR fully launched its public version in 2012,  http://about.jstor.org/individuals .  Note that individuals do not have access to everything JSTOR has to offer. Full access is still the purview of academic institutions. And, what we can access is invaluable!”

Richard’s article fully explains what’s there for researchers and how to use JSTOR.  She uses the William and Mary Quarterly as her example; anybody with colonial Virginia research must know about and use this resource.

My example would be this: while in the Family History Library, and working on a research project for a friend, I learned that this fellow had been a miner in Colorado in the early days. The census entry stated the name of the mine! (Lucky break, yes.) Accessing JSTOR, I found information on that mine, its production and operation, and his name on a list of miners.

That’s what JSTOR can do for your research. Look over your research problems and put JSTOR on your December To-Do list. But first go access the June-July 2013 issue of Internet Genealogy magazine.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.