One of the research databases Hope College subscribes to is JSTOR. This nonprofit organization began in 1995 with the intent of preserving scholarly writing in digital and print form. By making this information available on the Internet, libraries would be able to save space, keep information constantly available to everyone with no risk of loss, and give smaller schools such as Hope access to large collections.
“JSTOR is very useful to Hope students, faculty and staff because the collections provide highly reliable access to scholarship published in over one thousand highly respected academic journals across all of the academic disciplines,” said Gloria Slaughter, Technical Services Librarian at Van Wylen. “Because of JSTOR’s pricing model, a small institution like Hope College can afford to provide access to hundred of years of scholarly literature. The research, teaching and learning needs of our Hope students, faculty and staff are greatly facilitated by providing access to these interdisciplinary and historical collections.”
Recently, Hope gained access to the Arts and Sciences VI and VIII collections. The Arts and Sciences VI collection will include a minimum of 120 titles once the collection is complete in 2010 from subject areas such as economics, education, linguistics, and political science. Economics and political science journals such as The World Bank Economic Review and the World Policy Journal address global economics and relations, while education journals such as Phi Delta Kappan focus on education policy. The Arts and Sciences VIII collection, which will be complete in 2011, will contain a minimum of 140 titles in history, language and literature, art and art history, and education. Some of the literature and history journals to be added include international titles such as English in Africa and the Scottish Historical Review. It will also include rare 19th and 20th century American art periodicals from places such as the Brooklyn Museum.
— Bethany Stripp, Library Student Blogger