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Ebook Guide: JSTOR

This guide covers how to find ebooks in McQuest, how to use the different readers, and what tools are available to users.

Using the JSTOR Ebook Reader

This guide provides a quick overview of the JSTOR ebook reader interface. It provides screenshots of the website along with an explanation of the tools available through JSTOR.

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Using the JSTOR Ebook Reader

JSTOR is one of the many databases that Maryville College has access to. Users may find some JSTOR ebooks listed in McQuest, like the one below.


JSTOR items will not have the “PDF Full Text” option that most of the McQuest items do. Instead, they have “Click here to view this resource online from JSTOR”.



Clicking this link will take the user to JSTOR’s website, where the user is able to view the item. The first page on the JSTOR website should have the ebook’s cover art, some basic information about the book (Author, Publisher, Year, etc.), and some simple tools. This section of the page will remain there throughout the process of viewing an ebook.



The front page also has a table of contents. Each section in the table of contents links to that part of the book. To view the ebook, select one of these links to start at. For example, clicking the “Front Matter” link in the picture below.



The ebook viewer is very simple. It shows the ebook page-by-page, with navigation arrows to each side to view the next or previous page.



To jump to the next chapter, users can click the link just above the right corner of their current page. To see all the chapters at once, they can switch to “Thumbnail” view.



JSTOR's Ebook Tools

Users may notice a few blue buttons next to their Ebooks information. At the table of contents page there are two: “Cite this Item” and “Book Info”. Once the reader has been opened, there will also be “Download PDF” and “Add to My Lists”. This is a quick breakdown of those options.


Download PDF

Download PDF will allow users to open the item and save their item as a PDF. First, they will be prompted to accept the terms and conditions, then the PDF will open in a new browser tab or window. This option will only download the chapter of the book currently being viewed, not the ebook as a whole.




My Lists

My lists is a feature that is only available to users with a JSTOR account. It allows users to save items for later within the JSTOR website. JSTOR accounts are completely optional and are personal/individual accounts. They are not associated with the library or Maryville College and are not necessary to viewing any resources. Their use is completely up to the user’s preference.




Cite This Item

Cite This Item generates automated citations. There are merely a good starting point. They are not checked for accuracy and should be double checked before use in any assignment or professional writings.

Cite This Item appears on both the main page, and in the ebook viewer page. Clicking “Cite This Item” at the main page will cite the whole ebook. Clicking it in the viewer page will create a citation for the chapter being viewed, specifically.

All citations should be double checked.




Book Info

Books Info is a small dropdown that provides more information about the ebook, such as a description, ISBN number and subject tags.