JSTOR Access Regained!

The juice is back on.

In the preceding post, I mentioned a comment in a MetaFilter post which indicated that access to JSTOR is possible through some public libraries, culled from a list on the JSTOR web site (the complete list of JSTOR participants is very long, and I wonder whether the list of public libraries is exhaustive; that culling must have taken some time, and I imagine it must have been exhausting). It turned out that one of those public library systems is very close to me: the Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS). I emailed PWPLS asking whether I could obtain a library card, even though I live in Arlington County rather than Prince William County. They said that I could still obtain a library card from them, because they have a reciprocal lending arrangement with Arlington.

Yesterday, I went to the nearest full-service branch of the PWPLS, the Bull Run Regional Library, and obtained a PWPLS library card. When I got back home, I tried accessing JSTOR through my new library account. It works! I was able to download some interesting papers off of JSTOR last night, including a paper about the Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe (connected with the “devouring mother” Aztec goddesses, Tonantzin and Coatlicue, which I mentioned in a previous post), as well as a primer on Data Envelopment Analysis (reminds me of the efficient frontier in Modern Portfolio Theory).

A few weeks ago, I obtained a Reader Card from the Library of Congress, hoping that I might get access to JSTOR through their electronic services. Unfortunately, the Library of Congress’ electronic resources don’t include JSTOR. However, I might still use my Reader Card for other purposes. For example, Alex Hassanthe local jazz pianist, not the baseball player — sometimes goes digging in the bowels of the Library of Congress looking for interesting sheet music; maybe I can do the same.

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  1. Glad to hear the good news. Your intellectual enthusiasm is inspiring!

    BTW, if you’re looking for some obscure book, make sure you try the Arlington County library catalog. They’ve got some rare nerdly books in their ebook collection. Wonderful!


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