First, you should know that every institution provides access to JSTOR a little differently. Some institutions choose to make all the content on JSTOR available to their users, some get a lot—but not all—of it, and some just get a few journals. There are also different types of content, including journals, books, and primary sources.
Our institutions have a variety of access options. Some have automatic access on campus (or on the institution’s premises), which is provided via IP authentication. A lot of them have remote (off-campus) access, too, but not all of them. You can find out if your institution does by asking at your library. There are a few different types of remote access, and an institution that provides remote access will usually have one or two types. If your institution does have remote access, you may be able to log in through our Institution Finder.
So. You want to access an article you've found on JSTOR, you're off campus, you can't figure out how to log in AND you're part of a university or participating institution. DON'T PANIC. We're here to help.
The two things you can do, right now, to get JSTOR access...
1. Check with your librarian. Always a great resource, they will know for sure, and quickly, how best to get you access to JSTOR from on or off campus.
2. Check your institution's website, specifically the library's web page, and look for Databases, A-Z List, eResources, Off-Campus Access and the like. These will often connect you with an off campus login pathway to JSTOR.
You can also watch this short video about how to navigate JSTOR's Institution Finder to access JSTOR remotely:
Note: If you're secretly a librarian and your institution says "More Info" when you get to the Institution Finder but you really want it to say "Login" and point back to your library please contact us. WE CAN FIX THIS.
Find your school on JSTOR:
Click on the "login" link on the upper right hand side of any page on JSTOR, where it tells you that you aren't logged in. You can also click the "login" link next to the JSTOR icon.
This will take you to the login page. On the right hand side of the page, you'll see a button that says "Find my Institution". This will take you to a page with two different options for logging in. The first option is where you're most likely to have success. Here, you can type in the name of your school and find it directly. The second option detects your IP and tries to give you an accurate list based on your location.
If you're searching and you find your school in the dropdown menu below search, click it. There may be a "login" link to the right hand side. Following the "Login" link will take you back to your school's library website, where you will sign in using whatever method your library uses. Once you are authenticated, you should automatically be redirected back to JSTOR and you are good to go!
If you find your school and you see "More Info" in lieu of "Login" that generally means we don't have an official URL to point to your library's login page. If you see "More Info," try your university's library website first. You can search for terms like "databases," "off-campus access," "e-resources," "proxy server," or "Virtual Private Network" (VPN). These may lead you to an off-campus means of accessing JSTOR.
It's also worth noting that not all institutions offer remote access. You might only have access to JSTOR from a campus location.
Please remember that each institution is different. Your librarian is always the best, most direct way of finding what you need on JSTOR and everywhere else!
When you're trying to get access to all the things on JSTOR, it helps to check whether you're logged in through a participating institution. Some institutions send us IP addresses that JSTOR recognizes so if, for example, you're on-campus or connected to your school's off-campus proxy, you may not EVEN REALIZE THAT YOU'RE IN.
So how do you know when you're logged in? You can look for a Provider Designation Statement (PDS). The format looks like this:
"Your access to JSTOR provided by [Institution Name Here]."
On every JSTOR page, you'll see a little outlined box in the upper right hand part of the screen that says 'Access' in bold.
If you see this statement at the upper right hand corner of the page, then you're already accessing the journals/books/pamphlets/etc that your school licenses. If you don't see a PDS, try using the Institution Finder on the right side of the login page or contact us so that we can help you. If you aren't connected to an institution, there are options for individuals and alumni.