Project Muse vs. JSTOR

Recently, the topics of Project Muse and JSTOR have come up on the CJCLS list. What’s the difference? Are these subscriptions worth it for two-year schools? Here’s a summary of what people said:


–Archival articles going back decades or longer, but usually not the most recent articles from publications

–Not just one subscription, but a one time “archive capital fee” ($1000 for community colleges) and then subscribe to different collections that archive various journals. More info here.

–Great for in-depth historical research but may be an expensive luxury for two-year schools

–Some libraries find that JSTOR is heavily used for research with history, literature, social sciences and government

Project Muse

–Full-text of most recent articles (past five years) so good for more current research

–After the first or second year, the amount of articles users download will increase the subscription price so it’s not longer a flat annual fee

–Various collections available More here.

In brief

–Sometimes faculty sing either products’ praises but they’re using the services more for their own research than for their students

–Like any subscription, the usefulness seems to vary from school to school–some get heavy use, other libraries cancel because use is not as high as other databses

Have you used either Project Muse or JSTOR? Did we miss something important that potential subscribers should know? Please feel free to comment with any thoughts.


2 thoughts on “Project Muse vs. JSTOR

  1. Here at McHenry County Community College, we subscribe to JStor. The Art Department assigns research that calls for articles from older art journals that are not available anywhere else. We have found this quite useful.
    Joan Perlman
    McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL


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