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How do I search JSTOR?

Learn how to search the JSTOR database

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Search JSTOR

Step 1:

Access JSTOR. (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.

search box advanced search button


Step 3:

Enter your search terms in the search box.

enter search terms


Step 4:

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

narrow by articles to limit results


Step 5:

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

download PDF to read full text article




  • 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."
    in advanced search switch 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.