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Step by Step with JSTOR

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Step by Step with JSTOR

JSTOR is a good source for older full text journals in fields such as anthropology, literature (secondary sources and critiques), and political science. The collection is selective and it features many years worth of core journals that college students need for writing papers.

  1. To search JSTOR on the library web page. Select J from the alphabet below the big search box. . JSTOR is one of a small list of options.

    Here is your alphabet below the big search box

  2. JSTOR presents you with a single box, but Advanced Search lets you search only articles with some choice of subject and also search with more focus. Please click on the Advanced Search text link.

    Here is the advanced search link

  3. The most important part of searching with JSTOR occurs before you type. Think about your topic carefully. Many topics are made up of two concepts. To search a two concept topic, put the two main ideas together with an AND between them or "quotes around them." For example, women in the stories of Ernest Hemingway becomes Hemingway AND women. Here is how JSTOR sees your search statement:

    Boolean search for womein the works of Ernest 
Hemingway on JSTOR

    The AND is not a word but a computer command which tells JSTOR to give you the overlap between the two ideas of Hemingway and women.

    Searching in JSTOR Advanced Search with all those boxes!

    a) JSTOR presents you with several boxes: one for your search, another for choosing a format, and a third for subjects that fit your topic. For articles about Hemingway’s women characters, choosing Articles in the format box along with Language & Literature in the Journal Selector/discipline box works well.

    b) For searches with two concepts, place each of your concepts on a separate line. To search an exact phrase, put it on one line and "in quotes." Also make sure to check the small box next to Search for links to articles outside of JSTOR. This gives you more current articles

    c) JSTOR arranges results by relevance.This usually puts the best articles on top. It displays references to articles in groups of twenty-five (25).


    d) To see the first page of the article that includes your search words, click on its turquoise title.

    JSTOR turquoise, PDF button e) If you want to read or skim through an entire article, click the turquoise Download PDF button. This brings up the article in a separate window ior tab..

    f) little Adobe printer icon To print a JSTOR article, click the Adobe Acrobat printer icon in the top bar of the Acrobat or browser PDF display.

    JSTOR articles on display
  4. To save JSTOR articles to read or print at home, you can:

    1. Save them to the desktop and email them to yourself as attachments.
    2. Save them to a USB/flash drive.
    3. Register for MyJSTOR and save them to your MyJSTOR folder.

  5. To change your search edit in the box in the area above your search results. To start a new search, click the Advanced Search tab text link, also in the area above your search.