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Lives of Literature on JSTOR: Using JSTOR

How to Use JSTOR box

See the "How to Use JSTOR" guide for more how-to information.

JSTOR Quick Tips

  • Search for an exact phrase by enclosing it in quotation marks: "to be or not to be"
  • Use "Advanced Search" to limit searches by publication dates, type of content, and fields such as author and caption title.
  • From an article page, select button image to  copy and paste the citation in Chicago, MLA, or APA style.
  • Off campus? Use the our Institution Finder to find your school and log in.
  • Publication dates on JSTOR range from 1665 to the present, but not all titles have current issues on JSTOR. Consult with a librarian if you don't find what you need.

JSTOR FAQs

  • Is all journal content on JSTOR peer reviewed? Nearly all of the journals collected in JSTOR are peer-reviewed publications, but the archives also contain primary sources and content that is much older than today's standard peer-review process. 
  • Why can't I access the full-text of all content on JSTOR? Libraries can select different collections on JSTOR, and your library may not subscribe to all collections. Contact your librarian for more information.
  • What is the "moving wall?" Much of the journal content on JSTOR has a "moving wall," a set period of time (usually three to five years) between a journal issue’s publication date and its availability as archival content on JSTOR. 

Organizing research with Workspace

About

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

Using Ebooks on JSTOR

JSTOR now includes the full-text of more than 85,000 ebooks. Watch this one-minute video to learn more. 

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