Before getting started: 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's in this article? How to log in to JSTOR as student or faculty:
What kind of researcher are you, and where are you accessing from?
- High School
- I'm an Independent Researcher--How do I log in to JSTOR?
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 reading this support page is that you clicked "More Info" next to your school's name, read the instructions in the following section: "Logging on From Your Library’s website".)
Note: 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 to log in through the Institution Finder:
Option 2: Logging on From Your Library’s website
Your school’s library website might also have an off-campus sign-in link. To use this feature: take the following steps:
- Go to your school’s library website
- Look for words like: “Databases, A-Z List, eResources, Off-Campus Access,” or similar
- If they subscribe to JSTOR, you will be able to click the link to "JSTOR" on your library's website
- A window should appear that allows you to log in with your university-issued username and password (the username and password that your school gave you to access online courses and school email).
- After logging in, it should say "Access to JSTOR provided by [Your school name]" at the top of any page on JSTOR.org
Option 3: Other access methods
Are you having trouble finding a way to log in to JSTOR, even after reviewing the above steps? Talk to your librarian.
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.
If you are on your university’s campus and/or using their internet connection, you may already be connected to JSTOR. Here's how to check:
- Go to any page on JSTOR.org
- 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.
- If it doesn't say this, but you are on campus, contact your library for the quickest solution to getting access to research materials.
Quick tip: Ready to start searching? We have resources on our Search Support page.
Quick tip: 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. 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 individual account 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:
Your librarian can tell you how to access JSTOR, but in case they’re not available, here are some places to start.
Option 1: A link on your school's website
Many high schools offer access via a password-protected link on your library's website:
- Verify with your librarian that this is the way they've decided to provide access.
- If your school provides this login method, log in to your high school’s website
- Find and click on the link to JSTOR and you will be automatically logged in
Note: 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. If it does not say this, talk to your librarian for more help.
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 Login Page
- Enter your school’s username and password on the left side of the screen
- Click "Login" beneath the username and password fields
While we at JSTOR support cannot provide you with this login information, your librarian or teacher can!
Note: If you are successfully logged in, it will say “Access to JSTOR provided by [Your High School Name]” at the top of JSTOR.org. Not sure if you're logged in? We have a support article that can help you find out.
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 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, talk to your librarian. We might need more technical information from your school, or they might have other access options that JSTOR doesn't have in our records.
If you're not logging in to JSTOR as a student, explore some other access methods we offer on these support pages:
- Free accounts for independent researchers
- JPASS: A subscription service for independent researchers
- Alumni Access
Don't see exactly your situation listed here? Contact us and we'll be happy to help.
For more information on updating Shibboleth and OpenAthens links, please see our Access Management: Shibboleth & OpenAthens In Depth support page.