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JSTOR: Scholarly Journal Archive

What is JSTOR?
JSTOR is a full-text archive of scholarly journals in many academic disciplines. What's great about JSTOR is that it features digitized copies of original issues as they were designed, illustrated and printed. Many date back to the 1800s, and coverage extends to 2 to 5 years prior to the most recently published issue. As an archive, JSTOR does not contain the latest published materials.

This is a great resource if you are...

  • conducting historical research in the social sciences and humanities

  • looking for an article published before 1980

  • searching across academic disciplines

  • tracking the history of a periodical

How do you get to JSTOR?
Use the link on the left. It's also listed on the Alphabetic List of Databases under "J" and the Subject List of Databases under "General".

Beginning your JSTOR search

  • Use the basic search box to find your terms in the author, title, and full-text archive.

  • Use quotation marks around a phrase.

  • Use 'and', 'or', 'not', to combine terms.

  • Type ti: to locate terms in a title.

  • Type au: to search for an author's name.

JSTOR Features

You can browse the journal archive by discipline:

  1. First select the discipline that you are interested in to view relevant journal titles.

  2. Click the journal title that you wish to browse, to see issues and publication dates.

  3. Click a volume number to browse its content.

Or, click Alphabetical List of Journals at the top of the screen to browse journal titles.

Article Locator
This lets you find a specific article using an easy, fill-in-the-blank form. Enter as much information as you have from an article reference or citation. This is the most precise way to search the archive.

Advanced and Expert search options
You can refine your search with boolean, field, and proximity operators, and also enhance the relevance of your retrievals. Check the search tips on the JSTOR help screens for details.

Retrieving articles
Articles display in a .pdf file format. You can navigate through the text of an article by using the directional guides at the bottom of the page.

To print or download, use the PRINT | DOWNLOAD options at the top of the screen and follow the instructions. Do not use the browser print icon.

Remember, since it is an archive, JSTOR does not
contain the most recently published articles.

Emily Walshe and
Marilyn Rosenthal, 4/06
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