How Do You Access the JSTOR Database?


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To access the JSTOR database, purchase a JPASS available by the year, month or single article, and pay by major credit card. Users may also access JSTOR for free through a public library or educational institution, or borrow limited access with the Register and Read program. Early journal content is free for anyone to access, and includes American articles published before 1923 and international articles published before 1870.

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To purchase yearly or monthly individual access, create a MyJSTOR account by entering your contact and payment information. Plans include unlimited access to the full text of any article and a limited number of downloads per period. To purchase a single article, find the "Download" button on the specific page of the applicable article and add it to your MyJSTOR shopping cart. Once JSTOR accepts payment, you may read and download the full article. Single article prices vary between publishers.

If you belong to an educational institution, you may have free institutional access. Use the Institution Finder to locate your college or university. Alternatively, ask a librarian if your public library has institutional access available to you.

JSTOR also has a limited Register and Read feature available that allows you to read three articles every two weeks, though no downloads are permitted. Find the "Read Online Free" button above applicable articles for access.

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