Answered By: Colin Magee
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2023     Views: 5

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JSTOR is a collection of academic research databases focusing mostly on Literature, History, and Social Science disciplines, containing millions of books, images, primary sources, and articles.

JSTOR specializes in academic research.  Use it to find:
-Scholarly articles
-Book chapters
-Primary source material



Use the search box to conduct a basic search.  You can also click on “Browse” to narrow in by subject, or by title.

Tips: Use “Or,” “And,” and “Not” to get different results.
School OR violence will get you all results containing “school” or “violence.”  More results.
School AND violence will get you all results containing “school” and “violence.”  Fewer results.
School NOT violence will get you all results containing “school” WITHOUT “violence.” Even fewer results.
“School violence” in quotation marks will treat your search as a phrase – both words together.

JSTOR search box



Search results are sorted by relevance.  The database will try and find articles that contain your search terms in the articles’ titles.  You can further limit your search results by selecting a different facet on the left side:
Content type:
By default, you will see a mixture of journal articles, book chapters, primary source materials, etc.  You can select which content type you want in your search results.

Choose a range of publication dates for your search results.  For example, you can show results published from the last 12 months, last 5 years, last 10 years, etc. 

Each article in the database has been “tagged” with different subject headings.  For example, an article about a recent school shooting might be tagged with “school violence,” “school shooting,” “school bullying,” etc.  You can click relevant subjects and that will pull out all the articles from your search results that are tagged with that specific subject heading.

JSTOR search results




Clicking on an article will open it in PDF (using Adobe Reader).  Up on the right side, you can download the article.  Click on “Cite” to access your bibliographic citation for the article.  You would cite the article using MLA if it is for English 101 or English 102, Chicago if it is a history course, and you would cite the article using APA for other classes.  Check with your instructor.

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