Database of the Month — JSTOR

Starting January this year, we are going to have “Database of the Month” for 12 months of 2014. We would like to introduce and promote one database each month for our students, faculty and staff, for you to incorporate it into your research. For January we present one of the most popular databases on campus — JSTOR.

Given the popularity of JSTOR and its wide research needs, the library recently has acquired more contents on JSTOR. Woohoo! The new content provides core journals in several additional disciplines including: archaeology; classics; and African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic studies. The added collection also represents the largest cluster of health policy titles in JSTOR and the largest collection of international titles with over 15 countries represented.

Some of you may already know JSTOR is a full text database that contains back-issues articles. Some of the most recent published journal issues may not be available. However, several publishers provide links to the recent content on their own website, and you can include these article citations in your JSTOR search by checking the “Include links to external contents.”

Here’s a tutorial from JSTOR YouTube channel to get your started on the Advance Search.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate ask a reference librarian, or email us If you have questions regarding accessing databases, please contact Chenfang, or 831-1445.

Thanksgiving Library Hours and Winter Break Library Hours

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Wednesday, 11/27          8AM-5PM

Thursday, 11/28              Closed

Friday, 11/29                   9AM-5PM

Saturday, 11/30               9AM-5PM

Sunday, 12/1                   9AM-Midnight


Reading, Exam, and Winter Break Hours

December 7-19                 8AM-Midnight

December 20                    8AM-5PM

December 21-January 1   Closed

January 2-3                       9AM-5PM

January 4-5                       Closed

January 6                          9AM-5PM

January 7                           8AM-Midnight

January 8                             Spring Hours begin, 8AM-Midnight

First Monday in October

On the first Monday of October every year the Supreme  Court of the United States starts a new term.

Today is an appropriate moment to consider the history of the Court.  Like all academic law libraries our Cornell Library has a substantial number of books on this topic.  A Julien search for United States Supreme Court – history brings up 149 titles.  These of course are just those  titles covering the entire history or parts of the history of the Supreme Court.

Perhaps the most comprehensive multivolume history of the Court, covering from the beginning up to the Warren Court is called the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States.  This  curious and lengthy title proceeds from the fact that Oliver Wendell Holmes left his $250,000 estate to the United States and part of the proceeds were put aside to publish this set.

Begun in 1971  the authors assigned to the individual volumes include an array of famous law professors, some of the first generation authors died before finishing their volumes. One of the volumes is dived into two, while other volumes are combined into one, and volumes 10, 11, and 13 remain to be published.  Columbia University Professor Eban Moglen, in his review of one of the volumes, wrote a brief history of the Devise edition.  

For those who prefer their Supreme Court history in one volume, consider Peter Irons’s A People’s History of the Supreme Court.

For books on individual justices searched under the justices named as a subject.  For example,  books on Earl Warren.

Well, enough with the long version of history.  How about the other extreme?  New York Magazine in its October 6, 2013 issue published a interview with Justice Antonin Scalia.   The Washington Post on 4 October 2013 published a long article on Justice Ginsburg, entitled “The Question Facing Ruth Bader Ginsburg: State or Go?