Searching JSTOR

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What is JSTOR?

JSTOR is a digital library of full-text scholarly material  from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.



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Your Research Scenario:

For this tutorial you are researching feminist scholarship on the representation of women in classic fairy tales.


You are specifically looking for articles and books from the last 20 or so years.

How does JSTOR work?

JSTOR is unique because unlike databases, it does not contain any subject terms, tags, or descriptors.

Thus, JSTOR defaults to a search of the full-text of the items it indexes.

JSTOR provides you with several helpful limiters that will allow you to get the best results.


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First, you want to have some good keywords combined with Boolean Operators

Your Turn:

  • In the search box, enter women AND "fairy tales"

           Don't click search just yet.


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The default search option for JSTOR is Full-Text, but you can search more limited fields.

  • Click the drop-down arrow next to the search box


  • You will see the different fields you can search.
  • Less than 10% of JSTOR articles include an abstract, so select Full-Text.


Narrow By

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JSTOR can help you narrow and refine your search further. 

Your Turn:

  • Under Narrow By, check Articles and Books
  • Under Date Range enter from 1984 to 2014
  • Under Language, select English

Narrow By

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With JSTOR you can narrow by discipline or publication.

Your Turn:

  • Scroll down until you see Narrow By Discipline And/Or Publication Title

We are interested in feminist perspectives on the topic.

  • Locate Feminist & Women's Studies and place a check in the box

Narrow By

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How many Feminist & Women's Studies titles does JSTOR index?


Narrow By

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  • To see the journals click the arrow next to the check box

By checking the box next to the discipline, you are searching all of the journals listed here.

  •  Scroll back up to top and click Search

You should get around 200 results.

Analyze Results

Your results are listed in order of Relevance.

Your Turn:

  • Scroll through and read some of the titles and excerpts from your results.
  • Locate the article "The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children's Fairy Tales."
  • Click on the title of the article to access it


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The Tools menu allows you to read the article, email it, or save the citation.



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Another helpful menu is the links menu to the far right.


The first set of links will connect you with related items within JSTOR including a list of items cited in an article.

Your Turn:

  • Click 1 Item Cites this Item


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What is the title of the article that cites the article you accessed?


Popular Articles

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JSTOR allows you to view the most accessed articles from any journal.

Your Turn

  • Scroll up to the top of the page
  • Click the Most Accessed link next to the image of the journal



Popular Articles

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Which article was accessed the most in the past 3 months?

All Done!

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