Tuesday, April 03, 2007

JSTOR upgrades its PDF's, highlights search terms, and links with ArtStor

Improved Article PDF Files

A new PDF format for downloading and printing articles has replaced the previous High Quality PDF format. This new format enables JSTOR users to "search" or "find" words and phrases within the PDF version of JSTOR articles, as well as copy and paste portions of text from them. In addition to these benefits, the new format facilitates the use of screen-reading software, such as JAWS for Windows. Moreover, PDF files in this new format are, on average, smaller in size than our current High Quality PDF files, which means that they can be downloaded more quickly and easily. We encourage you to try the new High Quality PDF files, especially if you have had printing or downloading difficulties in the past.

Search Term Highlighting

Search term highlighting is now available in JSTOR page images. When a user searches for a term and follows a link to an article from the results, the search terms will be highlighted in the article's page images. Along with the existing "Page of First Match" feature, this new highlighting allows users to see their search terms more easily within the context of the article text as they browse through the pages. If an individual prefers, search term highlighting may be “turned off” on the user preferences page.

JSTOR/ARTstor Searching

ARTstor, a non-profit initiative founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides a repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data. Similar to JSTOR, ARTstor's mission is to serve the scholarly community through its collections. To enhance the benefits of these two resources and to enable researchers to discover useful content across all formats, JSTOR has developed a way to search both JSTOR and ARTstor content simultaneously.

Specifically, users have the opportunity to search JSTOR article content, JSTOR image captions, and metadata for ARTstor images. Search results pages are separated into three tabs — Articles, Images from Articles, and ARTstor Images — so that users can easily view and choose among their results. Article image thumbnails accompany the caption results, and ARTstor results contain title, creator, and date information. If your institution participates in ARTstor as well as JSTOR, you will also be able see ARTstor image thumbnails in your results and click to view the full-sized image and complete metadata through the ARTstor website. Users at non-participating institutions will be able to search and see the metadata, but not images, for ARTstor results.

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