GPC Libraries -- Clarkston Library (JCLRC)
Step by Step with JSTOR

Step by Step with JSTOR

JSTOR is a good source for older full text journals in fields such as anthropology, literature, 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 via GALILEO, click the Databases A to Z tab just below the search box. Then select J in the alphabet list. JSTOR is one of a hand full of options.
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  2. JSTOR presents you with a single box, but Advanced Search lets you search with more focus. Please click on 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:

  4. 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 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 the Page of First Match link. If you want to read or skim through an entire article, click the PDF link. This brings up the article in a separate window. e) little Adobe printer icon To print a JSTOR article, click the Adobe Acrobat printer icon in the top bar of the Acrobat software.

    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, click the Modify Search link near the top of your search results. To start a new search, click the dark gray Advanced Search tab in the pull-down menu above your search.