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How To Use JSTOR

JSTOR is database with full-text scholarly articles as well as some primary sources and ebooks from many different disciplines and subject areas.

  • JSTOR is our only scholarly article database that has a substantial amount of content from before 1990.
  • JSTOR often does not have articles from the past one to three years.


  1. Go to the library web site at
  2. Click Article Databases
  3. Scroll down the list of databases and click the link for JSTOR
  4. Enter your college login and password if prompted.

Finding Articles

JSTOR has three ways to find articles - Basic Search, Advanced Search, and Browse.

Basic Search

Screenshot of JSTOR basic search

When you first log into JSTOR, you will see the Basic Search box. Simply enter your keywords and click the Search button.

Advanced Search

Screenshot of JSTOR advanced search

To get to Advanced Search, click the Search pull-down in the menu at the top and select Advanced Search. 

You can enter your keywords and combine them with AND, OR and NOT, quotation marks, and parentheses, just as you would in Basic Search. For more information about that, see Using AND, OR & NOT to Combine Keywords.

  1. Use the pull-down menu to the left of the search box to select AND, OR or NOT
  2. Include links to external content - includes search results that have full-text content in another database or on the web. You should leave this option selected.
    Include only content I can access - eliminates search results with no full-text in JSTOR. Use this option carefully because it is easy to find out if the full-text is available in another database.
  3. Item Type allows you to narrow do your search by whether you want an article, an ebook, a pamphlet, etc.
  4. Date Range allows you to limit your search to items that were published in a certain time period
  5. Check off the disciplines (subject areas) that you want to search down at the bottom of the Advanced Search page.
  6. Language lets you restrict your search to only documents in English (or another language).


To get to Browse from the JSTOR main page, go to the Browse pull-down at the top of the page and select either:

  • By Subject
    • This is divided up into tabs - All Content, Journals, Books, and Pamphlets
  • By Title (meaning title of the journal or ebook)
    • This is divided up into tabs - All Content, Journals, Books and Pamphlets
  • By Publisher (meaning title of the journal)
    • Ignore By Publisher unless you have a specific reason to use it!

Search Results List

Screenshot of JSTOR search results list

Once you do a search, you will get a results list. 

At the top and bottom of the search results list, click Next and Previous go through all the pages of search results

  1. Click on the title of the article to view article information including authors, journal title, volume, and issue, an abstract (summary of content) and the permalink.
  2. Click Article PDF to download the full-text of the article.
    • You will need to click OK to a license/terms of use statement.
    • You will need to have a PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader (which is free to download.)
  3. Click the check box next to the search result to select it. Once you have selected all the articles you want, you can Save, Email or Export (using RefWorks) them in batches, if you are logged into your MyJSTOR account.

View Article

To view an article in JSTOR, click the Article PDF link in one of two places:

  1. Below the search result in your search results list
  2. On the right side of the Article Information page.

In order to view the article:

  • You will need to click OK to a license/terms of use statement.
  • You will need to have a PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader (which is free to download.)

Once you have the PDF full-text of the article opened, hover your mouse over the page and use the icons that appear in the lower right corner to: 

  • Save the article to your computer or an external memory device.
  • Email the article to yourself.
  • Print the article.


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