How fast does JSTOR grow?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 21st, 2016

   JSTOR is one of the library’s most popular digital collections. Thousands of searches are conducted in JSTOR over a typical year, sometimes thousands of searches are run in a single month.


From a recent email, JSTOR, in 2015, added:

  • Archives of 226 journals
  • Comprising 856,000 articles
  • If shelved, the print version would consume 1,348 linear feet of shelving


What does this mean for JSTOR‘s collection contents, when taken all together?

  • Archives of 2,300 journals
  • 10.7 million articles
  • in print, this would be 68.9 million pages of text



Information from:

JSTOR. “988,000 articles added to JSTOR Archive Collections.” Message to Lura Sanborn. 1 Feb. 2016. E-mail.

New interface for journal Science

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 21st, 2016

Did you know?  The library purchases a site license to the preeminent journal Science.


This site license provides access to the most current issues and the complete archive (1880 to the present) of the journal.


New for 2016 is an updated interface, allowing for improved presentation on mobile devices and 1-click access to bibliographic references!


Science Homepage.  AAAS. 13 Jan. 2015. Web.

Ebsco’s Explora

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 1st, 2015

The library purchases many collections of digital content from vendor Ebsco (things like digital magazines, journals, newspapers, eBooks).

Now, Ebsco is offering a search box to search this content, at once, simultaneously.  PLUS, they’ve added thousands of AP newsreels.

This interface is named Explora.

Level up, efficiency.


“Explora: Meditation Search Results Page.” EbscoHost. Web. 25 Sept. 2015. <>.


A.I. Research

By - Research & Instruction Librarian September 22nd, 2015

Dear A.I. Class,


So great to meet with you!


As mentioned in class & as available in the A.I. research guide, 2 new eCollections are available for A.I. Research: IEEE Xplore and the ACM Digital Library.


Reseach questions, comments, conundrums?  Please be in touch!  Ms. Sanborn (lsanborn at sps dot edu)




IEEE Xplore

What is it?

IEEE is the acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

IEEE Xplore is an eCollection of engineering and technology journals, conference proceedings, magazines and eBooks, from and about engineering and technology.  Currently the eCollection contains over 3 million items.

According to the IEEE Xplore subscription paperwork, “More than 30% of all technology literature can be found in the IEEE Xplore digital library.”

IEEE. Welcome to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. New York: IEEE, 2014. Print.

IEEE Xplore has created a page of tutorial videos and PDF tip sheets.



ACM Digital Library

What is it?

ACM is the acronym for the Association for Computing Machinery.

ACM Digital Library is an eCollection of published journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, magazines and eBooks from and about Computing Machinery.  An overview of the eCollection holdings is available here.

ACM. “ACM Digital Library: Advanced Search Page.” ACM Digital Library. ACM,
Web. 4 Dec. 2014. <>.

Happy Summer! If you need us, we’re right there with you.

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 28th, 2015

Image credit: SPS Communications. Ohrstrom Library ariel view. Web. 20 May 2015. . Image enhancement by Lisa Laughy.

Happy summer!


  • Need to consult a library eBook?






All of Ohrstrom Library’s digital collections are available to you anytime, anywhere. Simply log into with your SPS credentials to access the entire digital library while off the grounds.

Warm wishes for a wonderful summer!

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