Getting Better Results with JSTOR

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JSTOR Searches Broadly-- You'll be likely to find something on many topics.

JSTOR shows citations to articles, reports, books and book reviews, and other materials in a wide range of disciplines. It often but not always includes the text of articles in pdf. History, language and literature, sociology, business and political science journals are particularly well-represented in the number of titles included in the JSTOR collections we have; other areas may have limited coverage.

Most journals in JSTOR are present from their first issues, but not up to current years. There is commonly a three-to-five year lag between what is in JSTOR and what is currently published. 

JSTOR searches broadly, so it almost always finds something. Under the Advanced Search, use the lists of journals by subject and limit by type of publication to get more exact results 

The materials that show up in JSTOR are not always available through JSTOR, but you may use the Find It button to locate items another way or request them through Interlibrary Loan (ILL/Illiad) if we don't own them here.

Check our holdings through our catalog or through the A-Z list of electronic journals, then use Interlibrary Loan (ILL or ILLiad) if the journal is not available here.

DO NOT give a web site a credit or debit card number to pay for materials yourself before checking our resources and with Interlibrary Loan.

JSTOR Searching Summary

JSTOR's Boolean searching default is AND: the search flower pot= flower AND pot. A space between words is treated as AND, unless otherwise modified.

To be more specific, if you want the phrase, use "flower pot"

As another example, the phrase Chinese culture without quotation marks yields more than 100,000 results as a search in JSTOR without any other limiters; "Chinese culture" yields about ten thousand.

If you want to use OR between synonyms, you must put the words in parentheses. 

For example:(ritual* OR ceremon* OR rite*) and funeral

The order of your keywords matters; earlier in the search is considered more important. Some words are 'stop words' which are ignored. Capitalization does not matter, except for operators such as OR.

You may use a tilde~ as a proximity symbol-- that is, you can put in search terms~15 to get those search terms within fifteen words of each other.