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How to Get Access to JSTOR

How to login and get access to things on JSTOR

Lauren Trimble

So. You want to access an article you've found on JSTOR, you're off campus, you can't figure out how to log in AND you're part of a university or participating institution. DON'T PANIC. We're here to help. 

The two things you can do, right now, to get JSTOR access...

1. Check with your librarian. Always a great resource, they will know for sure, and quickly, how best to get you access to JSTOR from on or off campus.

2. Check your institution's website, specifically the library's web page, and look for Databases, A-Z List, eResources, Off-Campus Access and the like. These will often connect you with an off campus login pathway to JSTOR.

You can also watch this short video about how to navigate JSTOR's Institution Finder to access JSTOR remotely:

Note: If you're secretly a librarian and your institution says "More Info" when you get to the Institution Finder but you really want it to say "Login" and point back to your library please contact us. WE CAN FIX THIS. 

Find your school on JSTOR:

  • Click on the "login" link on the upper right hand side of any page on JSTOR, where it tells you that you aren't logged in. You can also click the "login" link next to the JSTOR icon.

  • This will take you to the login page. On the right hand side of the page, you'll see a button that says "Find my Institution". This will take you to a page with two different options for logging in. The first option is where you're most likely to have success. Here, you can type in the name of your school and find it directly. The second option detects your IP and tries to give you an accurate list based on your location. 

  •  If you're searching and you find your school in the dropdown menu below search, click it. There may be a "login" link to the right hand side. Following the "Login" link will take you back to your school's library website, where you will sign in using whatever method your library uses. Once you are authenticated, you should automatically be redirected back to JSTOR and you are good to go! 

  • If you find your school and you see "More Info" in lieu of "Login" that generally means we don't have an official URL to point to your library's login page. If you see "More Info," try your university's library website first. You can search for terms like "databases," "off-campus access," "e-resources," "proxy server," or "Virtual Private Network" (VPN). These may lead you to an off-campus means of accessing JSTOR. 

  • It's also worth noting that not all institutions offer remote access. You might only have access to JSTOR from a campus location.

Please remember that each institution is different. Your librarian is always the best, most direct way of finding what you need on JSTOR and everywhere else!