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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

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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