Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Bibliographic Information: JSTOR. ITHAKA.

Plot Summary:
JSTOR, a subscription based not-for-profit service, is designed to provide trusted scholarly content (i.e research articles, primary sources, and books) to students, researchers, and librarians (JSTOR: About, 2012). JSTOR can be accessed for free through your local library by simply using your library card.

Critical Evaluation: N/A

Reader’s Annotation:
JSTOR, a non-profit service, offers a variety of people the reliable scholarly content they need.
Information About the Database: JSTOR was originally created to help libraries cut down on the cost of building a digital library (JSTOR: Factsheet, 2012). In 2009, JSTOR merged with ithaka. org (JSTOR: Factsheet, 2012). JSTOR has access to over 1400 scholarly journals, will soon be offering books, and is dedicated to preservation and high quality digitization ((JSTOR: Factsheet, 2012).

JSTOR also has an incredible reach and impact on many institutions
(JSTOR: Factsheet, 2012). JSTOR reaches over 7,000 institutions in 150 countries, 990 secondary schools, 132 libraries in about 32 countries (JSTOR: Factsheet, 2012). JSTOR prides itself in providing access to reputable scholarly journals, primary sources, and soon, books (JSTOR: Factsheet, 2012).


Curriculum Ties: Could tie into a lesson on best practice research methods and techniques.

Booktalking Ideas:

Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 +

Challenge Issues: No challenges. I will present the following listed materials if any issues do arise.

1) Refer to Library Bill of Rights, see items: I, II, and III (
2) Refer to San Diego Public Library collection policy - (  Original site: The American Library Association (ALA) Freedom to Read/View Statement (
3) Refer to California School Library Association (CSLA), Model School Library Standards - September 2010 ( PDF: (
4) Refer t0 American Association for School, Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner (
5) Contact Office of Intellectual Freedom for any further support, 800-545-2433, ext. 4223 or
6) Refer to legitimate book reviews, such as: School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book and others; found on either Academic Search Premier, Follett's TITLEWAVE, or

Why did you include this database in the titles you selected?:
I chose this resources because it offers teens another legitimate resource for high quality research materials, such as: scholarly journals, primary sources, and books. These are all important factors of a strong researcher and scholar.

Reference Page:

JSTOR.  (2012).  JSTOR: About.  Retrieved July 17, 2012

JSTOR.  (2012).  JSTOR cover art. Retrieved July 17, 2012 from

JSTOR.  (2012).  JSTOR: Factsheet.  Retrieved July 17, 2012 from

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