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How do I search JSTOR?

Learn how to search the JSTOR database

Search JSTOR

Step 1:

Go to the library's A-Z Databases page, and select JSTOR from the list. (If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your myPVCC username and password)


Step 2:

Click the "Advanced Search" button below the search box. JSTOR contains book reviews, pamphlets, and articles. Most of the time when you search JSTOR, you just want the articles. So, we will filter by that before you search.


Step 3:

Enter your search terms in the search box.


Step 4:

Select "Articles" from the "Narrow By" menu to limit your results to just articles.  


Step 5:

Click Search. Download the PDF to read the full-text of the article. Select "I accept, proceed to PDF" when the pop-up window appears.  




  • Most of JSTOR's articles do not have abstracts, so this can sometimes make it difficult to search. If searching the full-text does not work, go back to the advanced search and switch the drop-down menu to "Item Title."
  • Just because an article is available through JSTOR does not mean the Jessup Library has access to it. JSTOR has many different packages of journals, and we only subscribe to a few of them. If you find an article that we don't have access to, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request for it.