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JSTOR (think "journal storage") provides free access to full-text academic journals across a wide range of disciplines. Some of the disciplines covered are anthropology, biology, business, education, language & literature, mathematics, philosophy, sociology and statistics. Please note that because JSTOR has a strong archival function, the database does not collect and disseminate current journal issues; rather, there is a 1-5 year period (called an embargo) before materials are accessible online.

Accessing  |  Searching  |  Saving, Printing, Citing

Accessing JSTOR

  • Mouseover the articles, books, & more tab at the top of the Twin Cities Library website, and select Databases.  Choose JSTOR from the list.
  • Off-campus users: You will be prompted to enter your Saint Mary's University username and password after you select a database.

Searching JSTOR

Searching JSTOR

Click the BROWSE tab at the top of the search page to access lists of journals by broad topic. Here you can find out journals included in JSTOR and links to newer issues (since JSTOR is more of a "journal storage" database).

Saving, Printing, and Citing JSTOR Articles

JSTOR Results Page 

Read the abstract and find all the citation information needed to create an APA citation by clicking the hyperlinked article title on the results page. In the upper right corner of the screen there is a box with various citation links. The information to create an APA citation is there, but please note the citations are not formatted in APA style.

To print or save an article, open the PDF and use the buttons on the PDF toolbar.

To email an article you will need to save the PDF and attach it to an email sent from your own email account. JSTOR does not allow you to email articles directly from the database unless you register for a free account. Sign up for an account using the MyJSTOR tab at the top of the page.

What is my article is not available in full text?

Articles will be available as PDFs. You can see which format is available by looking at the green or yellow icons next to each article. If article full text is not available you'll see a yellow icon. Select the article's title to access a link to find the full text. You'll see a LinkSource icon button. If you find an article citation in one database (i.e. Academic Search Premier) but cannot access the full text, LinkSource icon links you to other databases that do carry that article in full text. If no databases carry the full text of the article, LinkSource icon takes you to SMU's Interlibrary Loan page.