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JSTOR : Overview

This full-text database provides articles that are found in multiple disciplines.

Search Tips

The tips below will help you to avoid getting several "false" hits

1.  Do not use stop words, e.g. "a," "an," "in," "of"

2.  To search exact terms,  enclose them in quotation marks "" e.g. "United States Constitution."

3.  Do not limit a search by the "abstract" field. Most records in JSTOR do not have an abstract.  

4.  The asterisk * should be used to truncate a word, e.g. "afric*"  The following words may be retrieved:  "Africa," "African," "Africans." 

5.  Use the number sign # to find variations of a word, e.g. wom#n.  This will retrieve "woman" and "women."

6.  Synonyms, e.g. "Formosa" and "Taiwan," should be used whenever necessary.

7.  Do not forget to use relevant limiters, e.g. article, date of publication, language, on the advanced search screen, to retrieve better results.

Basic Search Instructions

The Basic search is the default search or click "JSTOR Home" to return to the Basic search screen.

1. Enter terms in the "Search" box; then, click "Search"

2. To narrow the seach, replace the term with another term and click "Search within these results" below the search box

3. Click "Search"

4. To change the search, click "Modify Search"

5.  Delete term

6.  Enter a new term

7.  Click "Search" 




Advanced Search Instructions

On the JSTOR homepage, click "Advanced Search" to retrieve the advanced search screen.  You should:

1.  Enter a term in the search box and select a field, e.g. "full text," "author," "item title" to be searched

2.  If necessary, change the Boolean operator from "AND" to  "OR," or "NOT" or select a proximity operator, i.e. "near 5," "near 10," "near 25"; then, enter another term

3.  Select "Include only content I can access" and/or "Include links to external content

4.  Choose limiters, e.g. "article," "date range" (publication date), "language."  If you want you can click "Search" now or select disciplines and/or publication titles to narrow your search; then, click "Search."

5.  On the results page, click the link, "Modify Search" to change/add search terms and/or limiters

6.  Click, "Search," again

To Search Records Using the Search Box

Searches can be made, also, in the "Search" box at the top of most of the pages in JSTOR. 

1.  You can enter your search terms and select the part of the resource to be searched, i.e. "In This Issue," "In This Title," or "All Content;" then, click the "Search" button.

2.  If changes in the search are necessary, click the "Modify Search" link and change the search.

To Save Citations

Saved citations are stored in a "MyJSTOR" account

1.  To save citations, first, register and/or login to your MyJSTOR account

2.  Return to the search results and click the box beside the desired citations to be saved

3.  Click the "Save" link above the list of citations

4.  Close the "Citations Saved" window


1.  Login to your MyJSTOR account

2.  Click the MyJSTOR drop menu at the top of the screen

3.  Click "Saved Citations"


To Use the Citation Locator

If you want to retrieve an article in JSTOR but you do not have the complete citation, you can use the Citation Locator to find the article.

1.  Go to the ""Search" menu on the gray bar and click "Citation Locator"

2.  Enter as much information as possible; then, click "Search"

3.  Click "Modify Search" to change the search


To Use the Tools

To print, email, export, or delete single or multiple citations:

1.  Login to MyJSTOR

2.  On the Results page, check the box to the left of the record(s), then, click the desired tool link at the top of the list

3.  Or, after clicking one of the following links:  title of the item, "Page Scan," or "Article Summary," go to the respective tool box to the right of the issue cover

4.  Or, if you are retrieving SAVED articles, go to MyJSTOR Account page in this guide and read the box, "To Access Items in MyJSTOR Account"


1.  Click "Logout" on the gray bar to close your MyJSTOR account

2.  Click the "X" in the red box in the upper right corner of the screen

3.  Click "Close Current Tab" or "Close All Tabs."


JSTOR Basic Search

To Do an Advanced Search

Click the link below, then, click "Advanced Search" to do an advanced search in JSTOR.


The results are a list of records based upon the terms and limiters you selected.  Select the desired record and click one of the links on the Results page:

1.  "Title of the item" or the link, "Page Scan" to access:

      a.  Abstract

      b.  Bibliographic information

      c.  Author information

      d.  Notes and references

      e.  One page at a time

2.  Author link--retrieves additional works written by the writer

3.  Article PDF link--provides access to complete full text viewing and printing

4.  Article Summary--excludes full text.  It is a description of the article.

5.  Link to External Content--indicates that the full text is in a resource outside of JSTOR.  (See the icon to the far left of the record)

      Before you try to access external content, save your search OR once you leave JSTOR, you will have to return to JSTOR and redo your search.

      It may be possible to access the article that is in a different resource:

            a.  Click the title of the item

            b.  Above the title, click the button, "Go to article."  A separate window will appear.


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