JSTOR is a collection of nearly four thousand journals from over 50 different subject areas. It provide access to the complete run of journal publications to the very first issue for hundreds of high quality academic journals, some of which date from the 1800s! There are over 12 million pages available now.
One of the nice features (see screenshot below) is that you can easily browse or search the the broad subject areas or specific journals by simply checking a box. While JSTOR has a broad range of subject areas that it covers, some subject areas are stronger than others. The list below are areas of strength, and even within this list there are large differences.
Areas of Strength:
- African Studies (55 journal titles)
- American Studies (125 titles)
- Anthropology (93 titles)
- Archaeology (94 titles)
- Art & Art History (195 titles)
- Asian Studies (73 titles)
- Biological Sciences (240 titles)
- Botany & Plant Sciences (57 titles)
- Business (235 titles)
- Ecological & Evolutionary Biology (75 titles)
- Economics (173 titles)
- Education (141 titles)
- History (334 titles)
- Language & Literature (294 titles)
- Law (94 titles)
- Mathematics (72 titles)
- Music (86 titles)
- Philosophy (99 titles)
- Political Science (153 titles)
- Religion (74 titles)
- Sociology (128 titles)
It used to be that JSTOR included only journal articles that we could access automatically. That is no longer the case. JSTOR has grown to offer more than just journal articles, and most people don’t know that it also includes book reviews, pamphlets, books, and miscellaneous publications. So there might be more variety to your results than what first appear!
If you want to limit your results to only journal articles or book reviews, you can simply check a box from the main search page or click the tabs at the top of the search results page to your desired type of publication. It is important to know that search results are defaulted to only show items you can access electronically. You can also broadening your results to include everything in JSTOR.
A recent addition to JSTOR is the “Article Summary” which vary in quality from item to item. Some items include rich abstracts, bibliographic information, author information, footnotes, graphs, figures, and images, other literature that cite this item, and the references from the article (some of which are even hyperlinked). Your search words are highlighted too!
All of this creates a rich resource that people find very appealing. So if you haven’t used JSTOR in a while or ever, try it out!
For questions about JSTOR, contact a librarian.