JSTOR (short for Journal Storage). Unlike most databases is a top database to search for scholarly articles in history. JSTOR starts with the first issue of a journal and does not have access to its most recent publications. Journal issues are added to JSTOR 3 to 5 years after publication (a moving wall). Lemieux Library has a subscription to the journals , but does not have access to its book and pamphlet collections.
JSTOR and Project Muse contain full-text scholarly articles. Other article databases may only index articlles or have only some journals not in full text.
For Journals not in Full text, click on the icon SEARCH FOR FULL TEXT. If the link does not lead you to the article through another database or journal collection, then click on interlibrary loan. The form in the database will be populated with the journal information, you need only put your personal information. If you find a reference to an article from another source other than a database, click on the Interlibrary Loan link and submit a request to borrow the article from a lending library.
Register for a MyJSTOR account (top banner) to:
•Email and export saved citations
•Save and run searches
•Receive email alerts for saved searches, tracked journals (eToc), and tracked citations
What does JSTOR search?
A full-text search in JSTOR searches the entire article; options include title, caption, author, and abstract. Avoid abstract searching-limited number of abstracts in JSTOR
How do I specify that my terms are near to each other?
In this search, genocide and Darfur are required to be within 5 words of each other. You can also use near 10, near 25
Am I limited to searching on two rows (fields)?
No, for complex searching you can add up to 5 rows
What are recommended ways to further narrow a search?
Click on the ADVANCED Search tab under the opening dialog box
To combine search terms
AND combines two search terms producing results that contain both terms (e.g. genocide AND Darfur)
OR between two search terms generates results that contain either of the terms (e.g.Kampuchea OR Khmer Rouge )
NOT excludes one of the terms, which means that the results will include one term, but not the other (genocide NOT politicide)
NEAR (choose 5, 10, or 25) locate your search terms within a certain number of words
Combine search terms with parentheses (Kampuchea OR Khmer Rouge or Cambodia) and (genocide NOT politicide)
Use quotation marks to look for only that specific phrase. For example, a search for “human rights” will generate results with that specific phrase, however a search for human rights will generate results that contain human AND rights somewhere in the article, not necessary side by side.
JSTOR’s Wildcards allow you to look for multiple versions of a word. ? replaces a single letter (wom?n), while * replaces multiple letters. Global* gives you results which can include the terms, globe, globes, globally, etc.
Scholarly journals, also called peer-reviewed, refereed, academic or professional journals are the core information sources in many disciplines. Written for an academic audience, they are published by organizations with an academic or scholarly mission. Many scholarly journals are also peer reviewed which means that prior to publication, an article is reviewed by scholars in the field using criteria of accuracy, value to the field and scholarly merit. Article usually reports on original research and scholarship (results of original inquiry).
1) Journal Name. The title often has the word "journal: or the name of a professional or academic association.
2) Articles are signed and the author has authority in the field. Often the author will state her credentials.
3) Article length is usually over 6 pages, contains specialized language as well as supporting references.
4) Serious in appearance; mostly text plus charts and graphs, few glossy photos or illustrations
Some databases will provide a limiter to filter only scholarly or peer-reviewed publications. Other database such as JSTOR and PROJECT MUSE only contain scholarly journals.
Popular articles are generally:
1) Written by reporters or magazine staff; the author may not even be listed.
2) Chosen for publication by an editor or board of the magazine.
3) Providing general information or entertainment; reporting on ideas originating elsewhere.
4) Brief; rarely cite sources; are written for the general public or interested non-specialist in simple language.
5) Have an eye-catching appearance; often well illustrated; the publication usually contains lots of advertisements
Not Sure? Peer reviewed journals can be identified in Ulrichs Database.
Step 1. Go directly to Google or enter a single term in the box below. Use the advanced search feature of Google Scholar to see how you can format searches. For example: enter terms that would retrieve articles on the intersection witches and the Renaissance
Step 2. To gain access to the article, you can see if the library has access to the journal by searching the journal title in the library's catalog. If the library does not have access, you can request on interlibrary loan. Check one of the journals from your results to see if it is available through the databases. Again, check the catalog for access.