Searching JSTOR for Journal Articles

Searching JSTOR for Journal Articles


This tutorial will cover how to locate scholarly
journal articles using the database JSTOR. Keep in mind that JSTOR is an archive. What
this means is that you’re not going to find any journal articles that are really current.
Before you begin searching, I recommend clicking on “Advanced Search.” This will actually make
the search process a little bit easier. On the “Advanced Search” page you’ll see two
boxes up here at the top. This is where you’ll enter your key words so before you being searching,
think about what it is that you want to find. For example, if you were in an ethics class,
and you’re writing a paper on the death penalty, you might enter death penalty into one of
the boxes and then perhaps, the philosopher that would be relevant to that topic. I’m
going to type in Kant, but also keep in mind, like terms, another common phrase used for
death penalty is capital punishment. So we might want to perform an initial search and
go back and try the same search with capital punishment. Before you start searching, also
check the box next to “Articles”, to limit to journal articles only, and all the journals
in JSTOR are scholarly in nature. And then scroll down to where it says “Narrow By Discipline,”
and let’s limit it to philosophy. Of course you can limit it to whatever subject area
that’s relevant to whatever you’re researching. Click “Search.” This will bring up a list
of journal articles. Your title’s in blue, below that’s the author, below the author
is the journal in italics, “Law and Philosophy” and then the volume number and all the information
you need to format your citation. To view the article, you have the chose to view it
online or “Download a PDF.” “Read Online,” reads much like an EBook. Just use the arrows
to flip through the pages. If you want to print, you’ll need to “View PDF.” Accept JSTOR’s
terms and conditions, and that’ll open up the PDF in a new window. It can be a little
slow. Okay, here’s our PDF. TO print the PDF, waive over the little printer, down here in
the right hand corner. You can also save it on your computer. The first page will always
have all of your MLA or citation information, so you can format your citation. And then
if you scroll down a little bit you will have the actual journal article. If you have any
questions about locating journal articles in JSTOR, please feel free to contact the
library at 615-353-3555.

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