What's in this Article:
- Organizing Your Research in JSTOR
- Saving Items to Your Workspace
- Viewing and Organizing Your Workspace
- Saving Links from the Web
- Sharing Content from Workspace
- Exporting Citations from Workspace
Organizing Your Research in JSTOR
We noticed that when people research, their first step is to do a search and gather as many relevant resources as possible, then go back later and organize that information according to their research.
We designed Workspace to better fit into the researcher's workflow. You can still export your citations, save your items, and add notes to your work. With Workspace, you can save your work on JSTOR, and come back to it at any time.
Saving Items to Your Workspace
Let's say you were searching for an item on JSTOR that has to do with "cat behavior." Enter your search terms, then you'll notice you have the option to "save" any of the search results you see. After clicking "Save" a Workspace menu will appear allowing you to:
- Save an item directly to your workspace. Do this by choosing "Workspace" in the Workspace menu.
- Create a new folder. If you're conducting new research or have not yet made a Workspace folder you can do by selecting "Create new folder" in the Workspace menu.
- Save an item to a folder. Previously created folders will appear in the Workspace menu.
Quick tip: You can save items anywhere this feature is available on JSTOR. Some places include on the search results page, the journal page, or the item page!
After you click "Save," the button text will then change to "Saved." You know you've saved your items when you see the Workspace notification window appear in the top right corner of your page.
To view your Workspace after saving an item:
- Click on the "Saved" button and select "Go to Workspace >" found at the bottom of the Workspace menu.
- Click on the "View in Workspace" button from the Workspace notification window.
Viewing and Organizing Your Workspace
Viewing Your Workspace
New to JSTOR? Haven't created an account? That's ok! We will temporarily save your Workspace for 2 days from the first time that you save an item.* But remember: you'll need to create an account or log in to your existing account to save Workspace items.
Note that you need to use the same browser on the same device for our site to remember your selections.
To access your Workspace:
- Click on any of the "Saved" buttons from your previously saved articles. Select "Go to Workspace >" found at the bottom of the Workspace menu.
- Click the "View in Workspace" button from the green Workspace notification window.
- At the top of your JSTOR page, if you hover over the "Tools" menu, you will have an option to go to your Workspace.
- After you create an account, you can also find your Workspace by selecting "Workspace" from the dropdown menu that branches off of your name at the top right of the screen.
If you started saving your sources more than 2 days ago and didn't log in to a personal account to save it, your work may have been lost. Contact us if you're not sure or need help!
*The exceptions to the 2 day expiration date are if you are using a university proxy, or if you clear your browser history. While on a proxy, we will only save your information for about 2 hours.
Organizing Your Workspace
Once you get to your Workspace, you'll see all the articles you saved. From there, you will be able to create different folders.
Here is a quick list of all the things you can do from the Workspace:
- "Create" new folders
- "Move" saved articles to folders you've created
- "Add" links to external resources
- “Share” your citations
- Create auto-formatted citations
- Delete Citations
Quick tip: To add a link to an external resource, click the "Add" icon and paste or type a link to a resource you found outside of the JSTOR website.
You can drag and drop items into your folders, or, click the check box next to each item you want to organize, then click "Move" to add them to a folder you already created.
Saving Links from the Web
If you have a resource you've found on the web outside of JSTOR, you can add those to your Workspace too.
Just click the globe icon, add the link title and text, then click add to be able to get to that resource from the Workspace.
Sharing Content from your Workspace
Now that you've saved content in your Workspace, you might want to share what you've found with someone else.
To share content in your Workspace:
- Make sure you are logged in to a personal account. (Don't have an account? You can register for one on our registration page.)
- Click on folders or items in your Workspace that you would like to share.
- Click the "Share" button toward the top-right of the Workspace.
- A new window will pop open where you can add any email addresses (limit 10) that you would like to share content with. You can include a short message about the content as well.
- Click the "Send" button to send links to content.
Depending on how you are logged in to JSTOR, you may also see a box checked with the text "Use permalinks." If this box is checked, links to content will direct users to log into your institution for access before being taken to the content page on JSTOR.
Exporting Citations from Workspace
When you are done saving citations to your Workspace and you are ready to create a list of automatically-created citations, you can easily do that within any page in your Workspace: within a folder, a specific citation, or everything in your Workspace at once!
- Start by making sure your citations you want to export are all in the same folder.
- Select the citations you want to create by clicking the check boxes manually, or select them all by clicking the checkbox to the left of "Name" at the top of your citations.
- Once you have selected your citations, click on "Cite" at the top of your Workspace
- A popup window will open.
- Select the exportation type that works best for you. (Not using a citation manager? That's ok! Select "Export a Text File" to get a simple file that will be readable by most computers.)