JSTOR Enhancements

February 21, 2007

The following enhancements are scheduled to go live in the next day or so:

Revised Search Forms
In response to ongoing feedback from researchers and librarians, we have modified the JSTOR Advanced Search form. These revisions were previewed on the JSTOR Sandbox from July 2006 to November 2006. Based on usability testing and the feedback received during the preview, the Advanced Search form will now include four new fields for entering and combining full text, author, article title, abstract, and caption field search queries. Many users have told us that the new format allows them to more intuitively structure their searches for optimal results. In addition to these changes to the Advanced Search Form, navigation options and help files for the Basic Search and Article Locator forms have been updated, and the Expert Search form has been removed.

Linking Enhancements
New linking functionality in the JSTOR website is now visible on article view and article information pages. In addition to already-existing links to articles in JSTOR that are referenced within a given article (reference linking), information about other articles in JSTOR that in-turn cite a given article (forward linking) will now be displayed. Also displayed will be links to articles by authors with the same name as the authors of the article. To further aid in resource discovery, we will also provide forward linking via Google Scholar which will enable users to see if an article has been cited by others in articles not necessarily present in JSTOR.


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