May 24, 2022

A Completely New JSTOR Search is Set to Go Live Later This Week (Beta Release)

Update (March 7, 2013): As of About 1pm the JSTOR Search Beta is Live.

The JSTOR team has let us know that a beta release with a new user interface couple with new under-the-hood search technology will go live later this week.

The beta will run for several months and the current search interface and technology will remain available.

What to Expect

  • Faceted Interface for Narrowing and Broadening Searches
  • Improved Relevance Rankings
  • Auto-suggested Search Terms
  • Enhanced Display of Search Results

Issues to Be Aware Of

From the JSTOR Beta FAQ

  • Accessibility support – the first Beta release has not been optimized for use with screen readers or other assistive technologies
  • Open URL support in the preview flyout – adding links to your library’s website to find items not fully available to you on JSTOR
  • Additional facets for advanced filtering
  • Support field searching (author, title, etc.) without code – in this initial release it’s necessary to use field abbreviations to conduct these searches
  • Support for using the Beta Search on mobile devices

Learn More in the JSTOR Search (Beta) FAQ

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.