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Database Help: JSTOR

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What's on this JSTOR page?

About JSTOR provides on overview of the database content including the collections in the Thigpen Library subscription. Here you will find a link to the database.

JSTOR Permalink explains how to add the proxy prefix to the JSTOR stable URL.

Searching JSTOR effectively explains the features available that will help you get more relevant results.

Why is there no print or save icon in JSTOR? Printing an article from JSTOR explains.

Improve your citations with Citing information from JSTOR


Full-text scholarly journal issues are typically added to JSTOR 3 to 5 years after the publication date.

Full-text eBooks from academic publishers.

Subscribers to JSTOR select specific collections. Thigpen Library subscription includes these JSTOR collections: Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VII, XI and Life Sciences.

JSTOR permalink

JSTOR assigns each item in the database a unique stable URL (permalink). This unique URL easily takes you back to your article or book again. However, the stable URL does not include the proxy prefix which makes access from off-campus a two-step process

Without the proxy prefix first use a library link to access JSTOR then use the stable URL to open your article.

With the proxy prefix on the stable URL is easy and lets you open the database and article simultaneously after verification. To add the proxy prefix:

  1. Find the stable URL:
  2. Copy this proxy prefix:
  3. Paste in front of the stable URL to create a proxied URL:
    Be careful and do not include extra punctuation marks or spaces when copying and pasting.

Where do I find the stable URL (permalink)?

The stable URL is labeled. It is included with the description of the information source both in the database online  and the PDF versions.

Screen capture for an article description highlighting the Stable URL

Searching JSTOR effectively

 Advanced Search

Screen capture  highlighting "Advanced Search"

JSTOR opens with the basic search option. For quicker and more precise searching select the "Advanced Search" link.

 Limit your Search

Select an access type

Screen capture of content options from drop down menu for "SELECT AN ACCESS TYPE"

Use the drop down menu with "SELECT AN ACCESS TYPE" to limit the content to what is available for free with the Vol State subscription. "Read and download" is the best option, but "Read online only" is useful if you do not need to print.

The access types "Purchasable content" and "JPASS subscription content" show you article titles that may require you to pay to view the complete article.

"All content" as the name implies shows all 4 types.

Narrow your search

Screen capture of  section "Narrow By". Options are Item Type, Date Range and Language.The options in the NARROW BY section for item type, date, and language are useful tools for many searches.

Check the box "Articles" under ITEM TYPE to exclude book reviews from your search results.

Select a date range, especially in the "From" field to eliminate older articles.

For some searches you may want to select a LANGUAGE. Most articles are in English, but there are non-English journals in the collection.

Use Journal Filter to Narrow by Discipline

Screen capture  for section "Journal Filter Narrow by Discipline and/or Journal"

Using "JOURNAL FILTER NARROW BY DISCIPLINE AND/OR JOURNAL" lets you limit your search results to journals in relevant disciplines and eliminate articles from non-relevant subject areas

For example, you need information on Buddha from a historic or philosophical viewpoint but your search results keep retrieving articles from archeology and art journals. Search only the history and philosophy disciplines.

Printing an article from JSTOR

Screen capture "Download PDF" button

To save or print the article select  "Download PDF" button. Adobe Reader needs to be installed on your computer to use this feature.

Citing information from JSTOR

Create your own citation

Some general information to help you ...

Where did you find it?  in the subscription database JSTOR

What is it?  an article from a scholarly journal.

Don't confuse the article title with the journal title.

HINT: Use the PDF version of the article. It has a cover page with all the information needed for your citation. Access date on this cover page is the European style of dd/mm/yyyy, not the typical American style of mm/dd/yyyy.

Cite This Item option

JSTOR provides citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles to help you get started. JSTOR cautions you to "Always review your references and make any necessary corrections before using. Pay attention to names, capitalization, and dates. "

About this JSTOR page

This page offers easy access to the database JSTOR  and provides a few tips about using this resource effectively. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the database; it simply assists Vol State users with common questions. Use the "Help" link in JSTOR for additional help.