JSTOR adds free, online access to scholarly content

Welcome to the start of Fall Semester! We’re kicking things off with a post about JSTOR’s beta program, Register & Read. This experimental program allows JSTOR users to access and read online articles from over 1,200 journals and over 700 publishers. In other words- get EVEN MORE content from JSTOR than what the library subscribes to. Not too shabby! Here’s how it works…

  • Register for a free JSTOR account, here
  • Perform your search in JSTOR
  • If you find an entry with the “Read Online Free” option, then you’ve found a Register & Read article.
    **When you perform an initial search in JSTOR, items the library does NOT subscribe to will display an “X”. Click on the title anyway. This will take you to the article’s main entry, and here is where you will see the “Read Online Free” option (if available). It doesn’t display on the results screen.


  • Click “Read Online Free”, then select “Add to Shelf” to add the article to your MyJSTOR account


  • Once an article is added to your shelf, it will remain there for a minim of 14 days. After 14 days, you may remove it. You can save up to three articles at a time to your shelf.

On your shelf, you’ll have the option of purchasing the article if you wish to DOWNLOAD it to your computer. If you don’t want to buy it, you’ll be able to view it anytime you have an internet connection. **Keep in mind, you can always use RAPID ILL to get full text articles the library doesn’t have access to. You can use Register & Read to view the article in the meantime till your RAPID request is sent to you. **

Pretty neat and very cool to see this type of program from a database provider. Here are some helpful resources about Register & Read. If you’ve used it, we’d love to hear what you think about it! Drop us a line in the Comments section below.

Helpful Links-
About Register & Read
Register & Read FAQs
List of Participating Titles
Register & Read Handout (1 pg)

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