JSTOR Ireland Collection - North Irish Roots

The JSTOR Ireland Collection is a free online resource available to NIFHS members who register for access.


With the exception of the most recent three years, nearly all of the back numbers of North Irish Roots and, indeed, a wide range of other publications of Irish interest are available on JSTOR.

image - JSTOR LogoJSTOR (Journal STORage) is a part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that digitally preserves scholarly publications for use by researchers. JSTOR, in collaboration with the Queen’s University of Belfast, has digitized many journals and other materials, some dating back to the 18th century, to form the Ireland Collection. This includes the Society’s journal North Irish Roots. There is a “moving wall”, which means that the issues of the most recent three years will not yet be available online.

The Society has arranged with JSTOR that all of our members who, in their membership forms, have given an e-mail address will be able to register for free access to all of the Ireland Collection. They receive an e-mail from JSTOR with instructions on how to register and, if they wish to avail of this opportunity, they have free access to all the publications while they remain members of NIFHS. JSTOR provides good facilities for searching the Ireland Collection or for browsing individual issues of journals. The Society welcomes this collaboration with JSTOR for several reasons.

  • Firstly, this is a useful resource for our members as it makes available a wealth of material that otherwise might be difficult to find.
  • Secondly, it makes our members’ interests available to a very wide range of people, who may have similar interests and thus may be able to help our members.
  • Thirdly, it provides excellent worldwide publicity for the Society.
  • Fourthly, it brings in revenue to the Society for, although access to the Ireland Collection is free to our members, it is available to libraries and other users on subscription.
North Irish Roots 1.1

North Irish Roots 1.1

See the current Titles List of the publications in the Ireland Collection.
See the North Irish Roots material on JSTOR where Volume 25.2 (Autumn 2014) is the most recent issue available online.

We hope members find this JSTOR resource useful.

Registration and Login

The JSTOR Administrator is notified by the Society on a weekly basis of the email addresses of new and renewing members plus any members whose email address has changed. Invitations to register with JSTOR are emailed to members by the Administrator – giving the Subscription Details and Activation Instructions – including a hot-link which when clicked will open the JSTOR registration page. The hot-link must be used to register as a NIFHS member for access to the Ireland Collection.

Once registered by setting up a JSTOR Username and Password, a member has access to JSTOR Ireland Collection for the duration of their NIFHS membership.

Each time a member renews their NIFHS membership or changes their email address the Society notifies JSTOR who emails the member offering them the option of continuing their JSTOR access.

Login to JSTOR using your JSTOR Username and JSTOR Password.

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Navigation in JSTOR

JSTOR arranges the content on an “item” basis whereby an article within a volume of a publication is available for viewing online or for download as a PDF document. A complete volume is not available for viewing or downloading as a single document. To get the North Irish Roots content use the search box on the JSTOR Home Page. (Tip:  put quote marks around the words to better target this particular title.)

  • Search for the Title

JSTOR Search Box

  • Select an item (article) of interest from the Search Results list.

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  • Read Online and/or Download PDF if required.

JSTOR Navigation Notes

The next page is shown by clicking/tapping on the right arrow 1 located just below the item’s header.
The other items (articles) within the volume may be explored using the navigation links 2 shown just below the item’s header.