How you log in depends on what kind of researcher you are, and it could also possibly depend on the location from which you are accessing JSTOR—be it from a library, from home, or somewhere on your college campus. Sometimes access is automatic, and you will get access to a school or library’s subscription without having to log in at all.
We have a support page that can help you tell if you're already logged in. If you’re not logged in, you’ll find instructions for getting access to JSTOR on this page.
What kind of researcher are you, and where are you accessing from?
- University Students and Faculty
- High School Students
- I'm an Independent Researcher--How do I log in to JSTOR?
If you are on your university’s campus, you may already be connected to JSTOR. Want to make sure? Here’s how to tell if you’re already connected:
If it says “Access Provided by Your Institution Name,” at the top of the page when you to JSTOR.org, you are already logged in through your school’s subscription and can access everything your library subscribes to. Ready to get started searching? We have resources on our Search Support page.
Confused about why you can still see “Log in to My Account” at the top right of the screen? It’s ok! That’s a login screen for individual accounts called “MyJSTOR” accounts. With individual accounts, you can save citations and build outlines so that you don’t lose your work later on. You can learn more about this on our MyJSTOR support page.
Still not logged in? Are you off campus? Read on:
Option 1: Institution Finder
If you type your school’s name into the Institution Finder and it says “Login” next to your school’s name, click “Login” and enter your university credentials to sign in through your school. (If it doesn’t say “Login,” and the whole reason you're here is that you clicked "More Info" next to your school's name, read the instructions in the next section. Not sure what your university credentials are? They are usually the username and password you use to check your university mail or log in to your courses, but if you’re still not able to log in, check with your school’s library or IT department to make sure you’re using the right login information.
Watch this short video to see how logging in through the Institution Finder works:
Option 2: Logging on From Your Library’s website
If it does not say “Login” next to your university name on the Institution Finder, your school’s library might also have an off-campus sign-in link available. After going to your school’s library website, look for words like: “Databases, A-Z List, eResources, Off-Campus Access,” and so on. If they subscribe to JSTOR, you will be able to click the link and log in with your university username and password (the username and password that your school gave you to access online courses and school email).
Other access methods
Are you having trouble finding a way to log in to JSTOR? Your librarian is a great resource for making sure you find resources you need as fast as possible, and often they have the most up-to-date information for how to log in from off-campus.
Note that if you clicked on a link that your university gave you, and your browser unexpectedly redirected you to this page, we need to talk with your library to update your institution's access information. Please ask your library to contact us. Librarians: for information on updating Shibboleth and OpenAthens links, please see our Access Management: Shibboleth & OpenAthens In Depth support page.
Most high schools offer two ways to access: on campus or off campus. High schools don’t usually use the “Institution Finder” to log in, but there are some exceptions. If you know that your high school has a proxy, scroll up to see the “Institution Finder” section. If not, read on:
If you’re using your high school’s internet connection, you may already be connected to JSTOR. If you go to JSTOR.org and see “Access Provided by [Your High School]” at the top of the screen, you’re logged in and can access everything your school subscribes to.
If you do not see the “Access Provided by [Your High School]” at the top of JSTOR.org, read on.
Option 1: A link on your school's website
Your librarian can tell you how to access JSTOR, but in case they’re not available, here are some places to start.
There are a number of ways to log in to JSTOR as a high school student if access is not automatic. A very common method when your librarian puts a link to JSTOR on a password protected page. Once you log in to your high school’s website, all you need to do is click on the link to JSTOR and you will be automatically logged in.
How can you tell if you’re logged in? It will say “Access to JSTOR provided by [Your High School Name]” at the top of JSTOR.org.
Option 2: A Shared Username and Password
If your librarian has given you a username and password to log on to JSTOR directly from the JSTOR.org website, go to the MyJSTOR Login Page and enter your school’s username and password on the left side of the screen.
While we at JSTOR support cannot provide you with this login information, your librarian or teacher can!
If you have successfully logged in, it will say “Access to JSTOR provided by [Your High School Name]” at the top of JSTOR.org.
Still not able to access? Talk to your librarian—they are your best bet for learning how to access JSTOR through your high school. You can also contact us at JSTOR Support.
If you're not logging in to JSTOR as a student, you probably fall into one of these other categories. We have detailed instructions to help you get logged in on our other support pages:
Not sure which group you belong to or don't see exactly your situation listed here? Contact us at email@example.com and we'll be happy to help.
If you clicked on a link that your university gave you, and your browser unexpectedly redirected you to this page, we need to talk with your library to update your institution's access information. Please ask your library to contact us.
For more information on updating Shibboleth and OpenAthens links, please see our Access Management: Shibboleth & OpenAthens In Depth support page.