Searching JSTOR


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Your Research Scenario:

For this tutorial you are researching the representation of women in Grimm's classic fairy tales.


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



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

Your Turn:

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

Don't forget the quotes!

 You should get over 1,000 results. That's too many!    

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.

Narrow By

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JSTOR can help you narrow and refine your search further. 

Your Turn:

  • Click the Modify Search link at the top of the results list
  • Under Narrow By:
    • Check Articles as your Item Type
    • Under Language, select English
    • Under Publication Date enter 1985 to 2015

     **Don't click Search just yet**

Narrow By

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JSTOR allows you to limit to a specific discipline.

Your Turn:

  • Scroll Down
  • Under Return results for: Place a check next to Language & Literature

By checking the box you are searching all of the journals in this discipline.

Narrow By

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Now how many results did you get?

Analyze Results

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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 "Feminist Fairy-Tale Scholarship: A Critical Survey and Bibliography"
  • Click on the title of the article to access it
  • Scroll down to see the full text of the article

Analyze Results

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In what year did Alison Lurie publish "Fairy Tale Liberation" in the New York Review of Books?


In addition to downloading the PDF of an item, you can also save the citation, email it, or export it.

Your Turn:

  • Click Cite this item to see these different options
  • Close pop-up window when you are done

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