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Celebrate #1Lib1Ref with JSTOR!: Home

Twice a year (Jan 15 - Feb 15 and May 15 - Jun 15), Wikipedia encourages librarians and researchers to add reliable references to articles with its #1Lib1Ref campaign. JSTOR is here to help! We’ve created this guide with easy instructions on how to use JSTOR as a source. While the campaign happens just twice a year, you can use these tips to help improve Wikipedia any time!

Tips for Using JSTOR as a Source

You can use JSTOR to help make the world a more factual place! Here are some quick tips:


  • Use JSTOR’s Advanced Search to craft the best source search. 
  • Focus your search on the best secondary sources (“Journals”) with the most widely available access (“Read online”)


  • Sort your search results by date to find the most recent sources.
  • In search results, look for the green FREE button that identifies open access articles.
  • When viewing an article, look for the “References” tab to explore related sources.


  • Use the “stable URL” from JSTOR citations to generate a quick & reliable link to the article from Wikipedia:

Open content on JSTOR

Always open and free content on JSTOR

JSTOR includes a growing set of permanently open access academic ebooks, journal articles, and research reports. Artstor (a digital library of images) also includes more than 1.3 million open access images and other media files. 

Explore the open content

Wikipedia in Academia


Our editors at JSTOR Daily have put together a round up of articles about Wikipedia on JSTOR. Read them for free when you follow the links from the Daily post

Access options for JSTOR

JSTOR offers several other access options for the content in the digital library.

Institutional access: Check JSTOR’s Institution Finder. Your school or local public library may offer JSTOR access to its patrons. Some colleges and universities also allow walk-in access in their communities.

Read online for free: Create a free account and read up to 6 articles per month. Look for the “Read Online (Free)” button above the article.

Open Access contentWe have partnered with leading publishers on a project to make thousands of materials open to everyone. Explore the open content. 

Alumni Access: A growing number of colleges and universities offer JSTOR access to their alumni. Check to see if your alma mater is on the list

JSTOR Daily: Our online magazine offers engaging editorial analysis of the news, tapping into scholarship made available to all. Articles cited in each piece are free to read via the Daily link. 

Ready to edit? Try Citation Hunt, a fun tool from Wikimedia Toolforge to search for snippets of entries that need citations. 

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