JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. It contains the full-text of more than 2.300 journals from 1,000 publishers, with publication dates ranging from 1665 to 2015 (for certain titles). Journals are available in more than 60 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and mathematics. JSTOR contains more than 50, 000 eBooks from academic publishers. The eBooks work just like journals, offering unlimited use and DRM-free chapter downloads in PDF format.
The library currently subscribes to the following collections on JSTOR:
JSTOR Essential Collection - this includes
Art & Sciences I
Art & Sciences II
Art & Sciences III
Art & Sciences IV
Art & Sciences VII
These are multi-discipline archive collections covering a wide range of subjects
19th Century British Pamphlets - This is a collection of more than 26,000 pamphlets published in the 19th century. They chronicle political and socioeconomic issues and debates of concern to Britain at the time, and the digitized files preserve images and contemporary annotations.
JSTOR can be accessed on and off campus via the A-Z indexes and databases quick link on the LibGuides Homepage. The content is also all available via Library Plus
Access to JSTOR is limited to the journals, books, and primary sources that are part of the collections the library subscribes to (see the JSTOR collections tab for more information). To ensure your results only contain subscribed content, either:
Accessing content not available on JSTOR
The library provides access to eJournals through three main sources, these include: subscriptions to individual titles, subscriptions to major collections (e.g. Taylor and Francis); subscriptions to full text databases giving full access to journals (e.g. JSTOR). Even if we don't have full text access to a particular journal on JSTOR, it is possible that we subscribe to it through one of our other sources. For more information on discovering what access you have to a specific journal see the Finding Articles tab in the side navigation bar
You can request articles and books, not held in stock, through the inter-library loan process and we'll try to get it from another library for you. For more information about inter-library loans, how to request them go to the inter-library loan guide.
JSTOR supports full-text keyword searching across all of its content. JSTOR generally includes all the content from articles, books, and pamphlets. This makes it possible to search other types of material along with academic articles and book chapters. The default setting for search results is to show matches for only content subscribed to by the library, but you can choose to change this setting when searching.
There are two search forms on JSTOR, a Basic Search (on the main page) and an Advanced Search.
The Basic Search box appears on the main page of JSTOR and also at the top of most content pages on the site. You can type any search terms into the Basic Search box and JSTOR will search for those terms across all of the content subscribed to by the library.
Here are a few things you can do to easily improve your search results:
You can perform fairly complex queries within basic search and the following tabs will give you more information about effective searching
You can combine search terms and fields using AND, OR, and NOT (Boolean logic).
AND: When you combine search terms with AND in a full-text search, your results contain everything in which both terms appear. Combining search terms makes your search results more precise.eg Cat AND Dog
OR: Using OR between search terms allows to you find all items that contain either term. Using OR will search for items that contain either the word "cat", the word "dog", or both. For example: cat OR dog
NOT: Searches using NOT will only find items that do not contain the search term following it. NOT must be capitalized. To find all items with the word cat that do not contain the word dog, search for: cat NOT dog,
Searching for an exact phrase
Use quotation marks " " to search for an exact phrase eg "american revolution" This will really help to refine your searching
Grouping Combined Search Terms
Parentheses allow you to determine the order in which terms are combined. The search "currency reform" AND (russia OR "soviet union") will search for items that contain the phrase currency reform and that contain either russia or soviet union. By using parentheses, you may control the grouping of search terms.
JSTOR search allows you to find terms that are within a set number of words of each other using the tilde (~) symbol. In this example ("debt forgiveness"~10), you will only get results with the terms debt and forgiveness within ten words of each other. You can replace "10" with a different number of words
Using the tilde symbol
You can find words with spellings similar to your search term by using the tilde (~) symbol at the end of a search term. For example, ti:dostoyevsky~ helps find items with dostoyevsky in the item title field, as well as variant spellings like dostoevsky, dostoievski, dostoevsky, dostoyevski, dostoevskii, dostoevski, etc.
Important to know
This way of searching encompasses a very large number of words. Narrowing this kind of search to the item title or another field is recommended. The first letter always remains the same.
Wildcards take the place of one or more characters in a search term. A question mark is used for single character searching. An asterisk is used for multiple character searching. Wildcards are used to search for alternate spellings and variations on a root word. Wildcard characters cannot be used in place of the first letter of a word or within an exact phrase search. For example:
wom?n finds the words woman, women, womyn,
bird* finds bird, birding, birdman, birds, and other words that start with bird
organi?ation finds organization or organisation
behavior* searches for behavior, behavioral, behaviorist, behaviorism, or behaviorally
Limiting a Search to a Specific Field
Use the drop-down boxes to limit search terms to the title, author or abstract,
Important to know:
Combining Search Terms
Use the drop-down boxes to combine search terms using the Boolean operators, AND/OR/NOT and NEAR 5/10/25. The NEAR operator looks for the combinations of keywords within 5, 10, or 25 words places of each other.
Narrowing a Search
Use the “Narrow by” options to search only articles, include/exclude book reviews, search for content published during a particular time frame, or in a particular language.
Limit an Article Search to a Specific Discipline(s)
You can focus an article search in specific disciplines and titles using the checkboxes in the discipline list under the "Journal Filter" section.
Organizing and Filtering Search Results
The format and display of search results is the same for Basic and Advanced searches.
• Use the options on the left to filter results by journal articles, eBook chapters,
• Use the sorting options to view search results by relevance, oldest items, or newest items.
• Change the “Access level” option to “All Content” to see results across all content on JSTOR, not just the content subscribed to by the library.
• Select citations from the search results and use the "Export Selected Citations" feature to email or export citations in a variety of formats.