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JSTOR Guide

JSTOR is a database that includes hundreds of scholarly journals, electronic books, and primary sources. The full text available tends to be older, although JSTOR also includes some more recent materials.
  1. Go to JSTOR.
  2. Enter your search terms.
  3. You can use the limiters to your left to choose content type, subject, and publication date.
  4. The content type (book chapter, journal article, etc.) is in bold letters above the publication date.
  5. Use the topics below the results to broaden your search.

JSTOR has many book reviews included in the search results, which can be helpful when you want to know if a book will be useful for your project. However, reviews may obscure the original research articles you really need for your project. To prevent book reviews from showing up in search results:

  1. Go to JSTOR.
  2. Click on “Advance Search” which is located below the main search box on the JSTOR page.
  3. Under “NARROW BY:, ITEM TYPE” check “Articles”.
  4. Enter your keywords and press “Search”.
JSTOR defaults to only content you can access, which means everything in your search can be downloaded as a PDF. If you would like to see other items JSTOR has, click on “All Content” under Access Level at the bottom of the limiter list on the left. Once you click on the item title you can use the orange “Find it @ Adams” button to request the item through interlibrary loan.

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