Monday, December 7, 2009

Pacific Journals Go Online



The Journal de la Société des Océanistes recently joined a handful of Hawaii- and Pacific-related academic journals in posting full-text versions online, and currently allows free access to issues from 1945-2000. Other major journals that are posting backfiles online include the Journal of the Polynesian Society (which has mounted vol. 1 (1892) through vol. 100 (1991) online) and Contemporary Pacific, which has mounted vol. 1, no. 1 (1989) through vol. 20, no. 1 (2008) on the University of Hawaii's open access Scholarspace site. (The most recent issues of Contemporary Pacific are available in full-text through the paid database Project Muse, which the University subscribes to — UH-M students, faculty and staff with a valid ID can access the database by clicking here). 

All three journals are also indexed within the Hawaii Pacific Journal Index (HPJI), an open-access database created and maintained by the UH-M library. HPJI indexes nearly 140 Hawaii- and Pacific-related journals, most of which are not indexed anywhere else (for a list of journals covered, click here). Coverage ranges from the 1890s to the present -- it is not a full-text database, but instead provides citations to articles that appear in journals that are held by either the Hawaiian or Pacific Collections. As more and more of these journals appear online, we are also working to include links to the online text within the HPJI.

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