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This guide gives some tips for searching JSTOR and highlights some of its features that students might not know about.

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Welcome to JSTOR!

If you've ever had to write a research paper or find an article for class, chances are you've used JSTOR. This database includes thousands of journal articles covering the arts and humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. Whether you're looking for the effects of coral bleaching or a type of Japanese popular theater, JSTOR is the perfect place to start.

Tips and Tricks for JSTOR

  • Once you begin your search, you can narrow down your results by type of article, publication date, and subject using the menu on the left side of the screen. You can also select the "Show Snippets" box so you can read a summary of the article as you scan the results.
  • Having a hard time finding more sources for your assignment? You can copy and paste your own paper or other articles into JSTOR's Text Analyzer and it will search for similar sources for you! To get to the Text Analyzer, click on the "Tools" tab under the search bar and click on "Text Analyzer." Then drag your document or image to the box in the middle or select a file from your computer. A page will then come up with keywords the tool identified and searched for, and a list of similar results!
  • Want to save your sources to come back to them later? Once you find the perfect article you can email it to yourself by clicking the "Share" button and clicking on "Email." If you have an account on JSTOR, you can also save the article to a folder and send it later. 
  • If JSTOR has the full text of the article, you can also download it straight to your computer by clicking the button on the right side of the screen.
  • Want to save multiple articles at once? From the results page you can click on the "Save" button on the right of the screen. Select as many articles as you need, then move your cursor back over the button to click the "View Workspace" link. On this page you can add notes to your article, cite it, or save it to a folder that you can email to yourself. Remember, this workspace expires after 2 days, so be sure to save your articles before then or make an account.
  • If you want to cite your article, click on the "Citation" button on the left. From here you can copy and paste the MLA, APA, or Chicago style citation, or you can export it into a program like EasyBib or Zotero. Just be sure to double check it first!
  • For more help on citing, check out our citations guide here, or come talk to a librarian!


Did you know JSTOR has a database for art? ARTstor gives you access to thousands of pieces including paintings, sculptures, architecture and more! Check out the database here or find more help and research tips on our ARTstor guide!