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JSTOR: Searching for journal articles in JSCC Library databases

How to search,limit, used advanced search, and save articles in JSTOR

Joyce Johnston

on 31 August 2012

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Transcript of JSTOR: Searching for journal articles in JSCC Library databases

Searching for Journal Articles in Databases: JSTOR Let's say you need to search for information on the Krakatoa volcanic eruption of 1883 AND you have been instructed to find a journal article First, go to the JSCC Library website: http://library.jscc.edu Look at the Resources box on the JSCC Library homepage In the Resources box is a link titled: Find Journal Articles Once you've accessed the "Find Journal Articles" web page, how do you find the JSTOR database? You could search the Alphabetical List of all Databases... JSTOR...with description of the database...in the Alphabetical List OR...you can look for JSTOR in the subject category list: ...here's a hint: JSTOR is located in the "Academic and General Interest" subject category Click on "Academic and General Interest," and then on the database title: Many of the journal titles indexed in JSTOR provide full-text articles from several decades ago. This database is very useful because of the wide range of subjects which it covers, and the long date range of articles it contains. JSTOR's homepage displays the large number of subjects, or DISCIPLINES, you can research So...do you remember your topic? TOPIC: Explosion of Krakatoa in 1883 But before we start searching JSTOR for journal articles -- let's talk about keywords KEYWORDS: Words that describe the topic you are researching Words that you will be able to type into a database or search engine to find information about the topic you are researching Keywords you might use to find information on your topic: Krakatoa
Krakatoa and 1883
Krakatoa and volcanic eruption
Krakatoa and 1883 eruption
Krakatoa and impact and 1883 eruption And, any other keywords you can think of... You will probably have your best luck finding journal articles, if you go to Advanced Search in JSTOR ...or, you can click on this link to get to Advanced Search Select and click on this link in the "SEARCH" drop-down menu... This is what JSTOR's Advanced search page looks like: What does JSTOR's Advanced search function allow you to do? YOU CAN SEARCH FOR YOUR KEYWORDS IN: Notice the ways you can narrow an Advanced search? Item type
Date Range
Publication (Journal) Title DISCIPLINE PUBLICATION TITLES under the Discipline (Subject) For our search, we will type the words Krakatoa and eruption on the search lines We are narrowing our search by checking "Article" under Item Type, and by highlighting "English" under the Language limit. Come to think of it -- lets limit both search terms to "item title." SEARCH RESULTS ! We can look at the full text of ANY of the articles. They are all marked with the symbol meaning: "You have access to this content." Let's look at article #3 in the list of results. Click on the bold, underlined title of the article to see the full-text The title of the journal in which the article was published is called, SCIENCE The volume, issue number, and date of publication are: Vol. 6, No. 139, Oct. 2, 1885 No article author is given Is it surprising that the article is so old (1885)? Remember -- we said that JSTOR often indexes articles published decades ago! Do you want to see your search terms? That is, the keywords you typed which retrieved this article? You can easily do this, by clicking on the link, "View list of pages with search term(s)" Pages with keywords below. Keywords appear several times on each of the three pages of the article; see numbers in parentheses Look at the highlighted keywords in the article below... Perhaps you'd like to print this article, e-mail it, or save it to a flash drive? You can do this, by viewing the PDF of the article: Print, Save, or E-mail the PDF article using these icons PDF of the article We hope this brief overview of advanced searching in the journal database JSTOR was useful. Send comments or questions to: Joyce Johnston
JSCC Library
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Ext. #50325 Full-text of articles Names of authors of articles Titles of articles (item title) Article abstracts Article captions JSTOR is especially useful if you are researching a subject on which you are having a hard time finding information! "Narrowing" a search makes it more likely that you will retrieve results that you can use. If we search for our keywords in the titles of articles (item titles), we will be more likely to find articles written about the topic we are researching There are several subject categories in the subject category list, so... JSTOR "Discipline" means subject. Example of Discipline and Publication Titles in JSTOR: "Publication Title" means journal title. Each Publication Title indexed in JSTOR is located under the Discipline to which it relates You can also narrow your search by Discipline or by Publication Title: Type your keywords in the search line(s); you can even add more lines to include more search words by clicking on "Add a Field"
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