February 3, 2006

The Jstor database

Posted in Irin Westerfield at 10:19 pm by groupone

The Jstor website is a scholarly journal archive that has been created in order to provide students with an opportunity for productive research. The website has several helpful links: search, browse, about Jstor, participation info, and demo. The research link is very easy to use and it’s intended to help find all kinds of books and articles. I used the research link to find articles about Edgar Allan Poe, for instance.

The About Jstor link has a wide variety of information about journals and content development (current available items, links to recent content, how journals are selected and so on).There is also an explanation on how to save Jstor citations and how to print them .The information about Jstor participants and Jstor background information also can be found under the About Jstor link. The participation link is for those interested in becoming a Jstor participant. This feature is available for US, as well as International individuals and publishers. The demo link is a logon page for Jstor account holders. Finally; the browse link is the best Jstor feature. This link allows browsing necessary information by discipline. This link is most convenient and organized because it narrows down the selections and explores the information quickly, which helps to save time and get productive results.


Silverman, Kenneth. “Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance. “(New 

    York: HarperCollins, 1991) Silverman’s book is described as a combination factual    

    biography and psycho biographical interpretation. Its chief claim to significance is its

    comprehensive and carefully researched narrative of the facts of Poe’s life and career.

    Like a number of biographies, this one strives to normalize its subject’s behavior. This

    book is rich in documentary richness and circumspection, but is lacking with respect to

    analytical depth.

Walsh, John Evangelist. “Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.”  

    (New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1998) In Midnight Dreary, Walsh attempts to

    propose a new solution to the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe’s death. Several popular

    theories have been attributed to Poe’s death. He was in poor health and was prone to

    drunkenness. Some theorize he was beaten, robbed and left to die. This would explain

    why his expensive clothes were taken and shabby ones were replaced on his body.

    Walsh attempts to propose a new solution to Poe’s death. Poe had planned to wed his

    childhood sweetheart (Sarah Royster) in two weeks from the night of his death. Walsh

    theorizes that Royster’s brothers followed him on the fateful night and beat him

    senselessly. Poe had a reputation as a man of poor moral character, specifically with

    regards to alcohol and womanizing.


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