JSTOR supports full-text keyword searching across all of the content on www.jstor.org. This includes images and content from articles, books, and pamphlets from cover to cover. The default setting for search results is to show matches for only content licensed or purchased by the library. A researcher may choose to change this setting for their own session.
There are two search forms on JSTOR.org, a Basic Search (on the main page at www.jstor.org) and an Advanced Search (www.jstor.org/action/showAdvancedSearch). This guide provides quick tips for searching and understanding search results.
For more in-depth search documentation, see the JSTOR support site page for Searching on JSTOR.
Learn how to use the search results page to effectively expand and narrow your searches. (7 minutes)
Use the drop-down boxes to limit search terms to the title, author, abstract, or caption text.
Use the drop-down boxes to combine search terms using the Boolean operators, AND/OR/NOT and NEAR 5/10/25. The NEAR operator looks for the combinations of keywords within 5, 10, or 25 words places of each other. The NEAR operator only works when searching for single keyword combinations. For example, you may search for cat NEAR 5 dog, but not "domesticated cat" NEAR 5 dog.
Use the “Narrow by” options to search only articles, include/exclude book reviews, search for content published during a particular time frame, or in a particular language.
Focus an article search in specific disciplines and titles using checkboxes. [NOTE: discipline searching is currently only available for searching journal content. Selecting this option will exclude ebooks from the search.
A quick guide to using subject, title, and item type searches to find the content you need. (8 minutes)
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