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JSTOR Introduction

JSTOR is a digital library of more than 1,900 academic journals, 19,000 books, and 2 million primary sources.

What subjects are covered?

Included are core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, along with other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. 

Is the information scholarly?

Yes. All the materials in JSTOR are scholarly and academic. Almost all journals are peer-reviewed. However, some journal issues pre-date today's standard peer-review process and some are primary materials –  so these would not have gone through a peer review process.

Why can't I always find the full-text of an article? 

JSTOR contains many different collections--not all of which we subscribe to. You can always use Interlibrary Loan to get the full-text article.

What period of time does it cover?

1665 to the present, but not all titles have current issues in JSTOR. 

Unlike many other databases, JSTOR does not contain publications' most recent articles. Articles are typically added 3 to 5 years after publication, in what is referred to as a moving wall.

Can I access it off-campus?

Yes! You can access it anywhere and any time through the Library website.