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JSTOR: Basic Search & Citations

How to use Jstor, through the De Anza Library

Performing a Basic Search

Performing a basic search is straightforward.

Use the search bar at the top of the JSTOR page. Type in your search using keywords.

Note: You CAN use boolean operators in this search bar, but it is easier to use the Advanced Search function instead.

Search bar

You can choose to search all articles or limit your search to Images. JSTOR has millions of images you can search and browse through.

Performing a Basic Search

Search results


Each entry has options to:

Download - downloads the item to your computer

Save - Save the item as part of a workspace or a folder. Learn more here.

Cite - create a citation in various formats, including MLA.


Click here to learn how to use refinements on the search result page.


When searching or accessing material in your workspace or folders, you can generate citations to include in your reports and projects.

Source download function

Citation tool with multiple citation formats shown

You can also export your citation to a variety of tools, including NoodleTools and RefWorks!