JSTOR is one of the top databases for the Humanities. If you are studying English, History, Languages or Literature, JSTOR is probably one of your top go-to resources.
If it isn't, it should be.
Not only does it have an excellent collection of current journals for the "Liberal Arts", it also has a formidable back catalogue of archived journals and a collection of scanned primary sources.
Say you were researching a History or Literature subject, and one of your articles referenced an article from the 1940s that sounded highly relevant and useful... There's a good chance you'll find it in JSTOR.
Until recently, JSTOR has only been available to institutions. If you wanted to use it, you had to be connected to a library (like ours). This meant that, once you left JCU, you couldn't access JSTOR any more - even if you were willing to pay for it.
Now they are offering individual memberships.
JPASS is JSTOR's access option for people who are no longer connected with a university library. They have two membership options, depending on whether you want ongoing access for the entire year, or you are just working on a short-term project.
This is great news for anyone who has been using JSTOR here at JCU and wants to be able to use it for their own personal research after graduation.
While you are still with JCU, of course, you have access through us - and we thoroughly recommend you take advantage of it. JSTOR is an excellent resource, and one worth adding to your top five.