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Books at JSTOR: Free Research Tools on JSTOR

JSTOR has tools to support your research

From a workspace to organize your source materials to a search tool designed to find things you may have missed, JSTOR helps all researchers, whether you're a beginner writing your first paper or a subject expert looking to refine your ideas.

We pulled together a collection of LibGuides to walk you through the research process.

How to use JSTOR Understanding Series

How to use the JSTOR Understanding series

  1. Pick one works by browsing to it or searching for it by author or title.

  2. Read the work -- you’ll notice as you do that next to each passage is a number.  That number represents the number of articles and chapters in JSTOR that quote that specific passage.

  3. Click on the passage you want to study.  You’ll see a new window with relevant articles and chapters.

  4. Research.  Look through the articles and chapters quoting your passage.  

    • You can filter the results you’re seeing by date, content type or whether or not you have access to the documents.

    • If you’re not sure based on the title and metadata of an article, you can preview how it discusses the passage by looking at the snippets or page-previews.

    • When you find one you want to read, click the title to go to the article page (where the quoted passages will be highlighted in the text), download the PDF or save it to MyWorkspace


How to Search JSTOR

A deep dive into searching on JSTOR: basic, advanced, featured subjects, and more information on our Text Analyzer.


Organizing research with Workspace


Workspace is a tool to organize your research for articles and book chapters you want to work with later. Within the space, group your citations using folders for different topics and projects, or just save items to the space. You can add notes on your items, delete, and move items to and from folders plus export any citation from your workspace when you’re logged in.


Get started

The "Save" button appears on your search results page and on the individual article, book chapter, and pamphlet pages. Select "Save," then go to your workspace by clicking the button again, or continue making selections. Citations you've already saved will be indicated by "View Workspace" wherever they appear on JSTOR.


Your workspace will be available for 2 days before expiring. Love what you’ve done? Create a free JSTOR account and keep it--no matter what institution you are affiliated with.

  • If you have created a temporary workspace and have not yet registered or logged into an account, clearing your browser cookies will cause your workspace items to disappear.


Citations stored within a JSTOR account can be accessed at any time from the Workspace menu. The citing and export options available from the lists are the same options that appear on search results, item view pages, and Tables of Contents pages.


In Workspace you can:

  • add descriptions and notes to your folders
  • add descriptions, notes, and links to your individual citations
  • move items around from folder to folder, or from a folder back to your general workspace
  • add sublevel folders, to better organize your work

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