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Navigating Databases: JSTOR

A Guide for using databases

Access to Content on JSTOR

Your access to JSTOR is limited to about 600 of the 2,300 journals available. All JSTOR title coverage goes back to the first issue of each journal. Coverage most often ends five years in the past, but some titles offer access to more recent content and others still ended participation and have no new content coming in. 
JSTOR is useful for students doing research in the social sciences, religion, and history. Nearly all titles in its collection are peer reviewed, however not every article within each journal is peer reviewed.

Access JSTOR

  • JSTOR 
    A collection of full-text journals, with access, from Vol. 1, Issue 1.
    Note: Access: current students, faculty, staff, and on campus visitors
  • Find a Journal 
    Find all online journals available to students, faculty, and staff at ULS.
    Note: Find all online journals available to students, faculty, staff and on campus visitors.

Quick Tips for Advanced Searching

There are two search forms on, a Basic Search (JSTOR ) and an Advanced Search.
Using Advanced Search:

  • Use the drop-down boxes to limit search terms to the title, author, abstract, or caption text.
  • 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. The NEAR operator only works when searching for single keyword combinations. For example, you may search for cat NEAR 5 dog, but not "domesticated cat" NEAR 5 dog.
  • 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.
  • Focus an article search in specific disciplines and titles using checkboxes.

JSTOR Introduction

Advanced Searching in JSTOR

Reading on JSTOR

JSTOR allows you to both read the article online as single-page images or download the PDF of the article. When you click "Download the PDF" a pop-up saying "Accept JSTOR's Terms and Conditions Below." Click "I accept, proceed to download" to download the PDF. The JSTOR terms & conditions mean that you won't share the article on the open web, use JSTOR for commercial purposes or financial gain, systematically download the entire contents of JSTOR, and you will abide by US Copyright law, among other things.

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