An affordable, high-quality research option for secondary school libraries

Widely respected by major universities for its quality and functionality, JSTOR provides the same content to your students that they will encounter in college. Learning to use JSTOR during high school gives students added confidence and prepares them for the rigors of college research, while enabling teachers to incorporate important scholarly content into their classes.

JSTOR also provides an easy-to-use platform with a suite of tools for research and study. To date, more than 2,600 secondary schools have access to JSTOR.

The JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection

Because we believe that access to the best sources is crucial to developing tomorrow’s great thinkers, JSTOR provides Secondary schools with the vast majority of content available on JSTOR at a small fraction of the cost.

As a mission-based not-for-profit organization, we are committed to providing affordable fees that fit many different communities and institution types. Fees for each school are based on its college and university enrollment rate.

Unlike universities and colleges, Secondary Schools do not pay for individual collections. Instead, a single Secondary Schools Collection provides more than 2,600 journals that span 20 individual collections. All of the touchstone disciplines on the JSTOR platform are included, from literature and history to biology and mathematics. Timely content focusing on emerging areas such as sustainability and international security and peace is also included. Journal issues start from the first issue and extend up to a publication date usually set in the past three to five years.

The Secondary Schools Collection also includes millions of primary sources from four individual collections, featuring pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, oral histories, government documents, images, 3D models, spatial data, type specimens, drawings, paintings, and more.

Ever-growing with no added cost

The JSTOR Secondary Schools collection is continuously growing. Each year, millions of pages of content are added to the archival journal collections as the moving wall for each journal advances, at no additional cost. In total, the collection has grown by more than 9 million articles and 61 million pages since its launch in 2003.

Peer-reviewed scholarly monographs

In addition, schools have access to more than 6,000 Open Access scholarly ebooks. Chapters are discoverable side by side with all the other content on JSTOR. Schools have the option of purchasing more scholarly titles as needed.

Innovative teaching and research tools

Beyond providing a rich base of knowledge to explore, JSTOR is striving to make research and teaching easier in a variety of ways, including:

  • Innovative search tools like the award-winning Text Analyzer that helps students discover the most relevant resources
  • Our self-directed, ad-free Research Basics course that helps students build research skills
  • A Workspace to organize and keep articles and book chapters with notes and citations they can access anytime
  • JSTOR Daily, our free online magazine that pairs news and current events with links to  freely accessible scholarship. Written in common English, each article is brief enough to use during class as a discussion prompt.
  • The JSTOR Understanding Series that analyses widely studied texts like Shakespeare, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women