Searching JSTOR

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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 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"

 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 under the main search button
  • Under Narrow By
    • Check Articles as your Item Type
    • Under Date Range enter 1985 to 2015
    • Under Language, select English

     **Dont' click Search just yet**

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

JStor allows you to limit to a specific discipline. Our topic can fall under the categories of women's studies and English literature.

  • 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 down and also check the box for Language & Literature
  •  Scroll down and click Search

You should get around 300 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 "Feminist Fairy-Tale Scholarship: A Critical Survey and Bibliography"
  • Click on the title of the article to access it


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

  • Click Citation Tools to see these different options.


Popular Articles

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

Your Turn

  • Click the the title of the journal

  • 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 "Disney's "Mulan" - the "True" Deconstructed Heroine"
  • Click the References tab

How many of the references does this article cite?


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