Monday, January 28, 2008

Pacific Northwest Quarterly Website

"Pacific Northwest Quarterly is the leading scholarly journal devoted to the history and culture of the northwestern United States, Alaska, and western Canada." And now they have a website. The collection of full text "sample articles" is disappointingly stingy, but the curriculum materials for teachers are quite good, and the annotated resources page is full of Northwest history linky goodness.

Traditional print journals have been taking their time deciding on how to position themselves on the internet. Of the more important Northwestern journals, only one has a particularly robust web presence. Montana: The Magazine of Western History offers no articles at all online. Nor does the Pacific Historical Review. The Oregon Historical Quarterly site does not seem to have been updated in years--one tab boasts the headline "Announcing the 2005 Joel Palmer Award winners" though a few fine articles are available in full text.)

By far the best web presence for Northwest history publications is that of the Washington Historical Society's Columbia Magazine--which features quite a few articles in full text. And I must say, some of them are superb. But that is another post.

Update: Commenters on this post point out that the Oregon Historical Society will be launching a new website this week, and the the PNQ website is not as new as I thought. Thanks you for the information and corrections.


Anonymous said...

As a note: The Oregon Historical Society will launch an updated website this week.

Anonymous said...

The Pacific Northwest Quarterly website has been up for a while.

Larry Cebula said...

Thanks! I have updated the post to reflect your comments.