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.


JSTOR "currently includes more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of monographs and other materials."



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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.


Before we start searching, we are going to use some limiters to help us get the best results.

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.


Narrow By

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JSTOR can help you narrow and refine your search further. 

Your Turn:

  • Under Narrow By, check both Articles and Books as your Item Type
  • Under Date Range enter 1984 to 2014
  • Under Language, select English

Narrow By

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With JSTOR you can also 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 list of journals click the arrow next to the check box

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

  •  Scroll back up to top and click Search

You should get around 10 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 "Romantic and Familial Relationships with Black Males: Implications of the Cinderella Complex and Prince Charming Ideal "
  • 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.


Your Turn:

  • Click Items by Sandra L Barnes


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What is the title of first article that was written by Sandra L Barnes?


Popular Articles

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

Your Turn

  • Click the back arrow on your browser
  • 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?

Popular Articles

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Your Turn:

  • Click the title of the article "What it Do, Shorty?"
  • Click the Notes and References link

How many of the references does this article cite?


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