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Finding Useful Articles in JSTOR

To find useful articles, perform the following steps in JSTOR

    1. Click on the Advanced Search link located beneath the basic search box on the JSTOR landing page.
      JSTOR basic to advanced search

    2.  You've made it to the Advanced Search page. Here you can use boolean operators to construct conplex searches or execute basic searches. For this example, the search terms for the Baroque composer "Domenico Scarlatti" is enclosed in double quotations to increase result accuracy and the "Include only content I can access" option is unchecked to ensure that non-full text citations are available. If you find a good citation, you can request the article in full text through Interlibrary Loan.

    3. Before you execute your search you can specify your search's target item type, publication date range and even language. Additionally, you can search for specific publications by title or ISBN.

    4. DON'T PANIC: Nearly all content on JSTOR is peer-reviewed except for historical primary documents, so there is no limiter for this option.
    5. Now click the Search button.

Interpreting your results:

Your results screen contains the number of items found in the database, limiters to refine your search, and links to different levels of item access.
Note: For easy skimming, your search terms are highlighted in yellow.

  • Refine your results by source type using the tabs located near the top of your results.
  • The icon next to an item in your result set is only a citation and not avilable in full text (Ask for items like this through ILL) .If you're looking for full text that is immediately available online, select "Content I can access". To include citations in your results select "All Content."
  • Each search result that is available in full text will have a links. If you choose to read an article online, in most cases a button will appear on the actual article's screen.

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