Looking for a High Quality Research Resource? Try JSTOR!
What do Isaac Newton's first scientific article (1672), Rob Bowman's 1995 musicological analysis of the Stax sound, a 1960s study of race and representation in children's picture books, and the first major poems by T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and H.D. have in common?
They can all be found in JSTOR!
JSTOR is a full-text digital archive of major scholarly journals, selected book chapters, and primary source materials (such as conference proceedings, society publications, and pamphlets) in a broad range of subjects. It is one of the largest and most reputable journal archives in the world.
JSTOR content comes from more than 900 publishers, and includes more than 2,000 journals in more than 50 disciplines. Content is available to view online, or download or print in PDF.
And all you need to access this vast and varied resource - for free, from home, the library, or anywhere else in the world, 24/7, on your smart phone, tablet, or computer - is your Toronto Public Library card!
Here is a random sample of some of the journals you can find online via JSTOR:
- Historical research. JSTOR digitizes the entire runs of journals, from the very first volume (some as far back as the 17th century) to 2-5 years ago. Current issues are not usually available (there is a "moving wall" of the most recent 2-5 years, depending on the publication), but they may be available though other online research resources.
- Scholarly/academic/peer-reviewed articles. All articles in JSTOR are scholarly and academic and almost all journals are peer-reviewed.
- Interdisciplinary research. Subject coverage is broad – from African-American Studies to Zoology – and you can search within several disciplines at once.
- Citation searches. Use the "Citation Locator" when you have part or all of a citation and need to find the article.
- Obscure searches, baffling research conundrums, and last-ditch attempts. When you’ve tried everything else and don’t know where to turn!
Here is how some people are using JSTOR:
- A current pilot project allows established Wikipedia editors who (unlike you and me) don't have access to JSTOR through their library to gain free access so they can link their articles to reliable references and thereby improve the accuracy of Wikipedia. Currently, there are over 66,000 links to JSTOR sources from Wikipedia.
- Yale University law scholar and librarian Fred Shapiro used JSTOR to find the earliest examples of particular words and phrases when researching his book The Yale Book of Quotations.
- New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet kicked off a study that analyzed the gender gap in scholarly publishing by surveying 2 million (million!) articles across major scientific, social-scientific, and humanities fields.
JSTOR is easy to use. Try it yourself!
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How to access JSTOR for free with your Toronto Public Library card:
- Start at the Toronto Public Library website. Type "jstor" in the search box. Click the blue "Search" button.
- This will generate a list of results with JSTOR at the top. Click the red "Access Online" button.
- Enter your library card number and PIN. Click the blue "Sign In" button.
- Next, click the green "Continue" button
- This will take you to the JSTOR main page. You're in!
From the JSTOR main page you can do a basic keyword search, or click "Advanced Search" for more complex searches.
For tips on how to use JSTOR, download our Electronic Resource Information Sheet (PDF), pictured below. For further assistance please ask Library Staff or contact us by phone, email, or chat.
Toronto Public Library subscribes to a wide range of online services, such as JSTOR, as well as article databases, business directories, and practice tests. Click through to Articles and Online Research for more.