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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