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How to Use JSTOR (for students)

Text Analyzer: a new way to search

Text Analyzer (Beta) is a new way to search JSTOR: upload your own text or document, Text Analyzer processes the text to find the most significant topics and then recommends similar content on JSTOR. Try it at!

Improve your research skills!

Try JSTOR's free online course, Research Basics!

Research Basics is a free, self-paced online research skills course intended to help you build your research skills and prepare for college work.

The course consists of three modules focused on effective searching, establishing credibility, and citing scholarly work. Each module has three sections, and each section includes a 10-minute video overview of the topic.

After watching each video, use a set of practice questions to test what you've learned and then take an assessment quiz for the full module. Upon the successful completion of a module quiz, you earn a virtual badge!


Understanding Shakespeare

Understanding Shakespeare ( is a collaboration between the JSTOR Labs team and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and provides links from the full-text of the plays to the Shakespeare scholarship on JSTOR.

Pick a play, click on a line, and instantly see a list of articles on JSTOR that reference the text. The site includes all 38 Shakespeare plays, and navigation options provide quick links to explore the plays by type: comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. 

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​JSTOR Daily ( is an online magazine that provides context and background to news stories and current affairs. It publishes short and long posts from journalists and academics, and all pieces link to journal articles on JSTOR for deeper reading. We're constantly updating the site with blog posts, columns, long-form essays, and interviews with scholars, so there's always plenty of new material. 

The stories—written by journalists and academics—cover scholarship from a wide array of disciplines and are organized by topics: Arts & Culture, History & Politics, Business & Economics, Science & Technology, and Education & Society. JSTOR Daily can be a great source for ideas for paper topics and classroom discussion.

Here are links to some of the most recent articles:

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