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JSTOR: Searching

A quick guide to finding resources in JSTOR

Searching JSTOR

Suppose your professor has given you an assignment to find an article discussing literature in Victorian England. Your first step is to determine your KEY TERMS. In this case they are ENGLAND and VICTORIAN  and LITERATURE

If you perform a search for ENGLAND you would retrieve over 525,000 results as seen below. This is more than you could reasonably evaluate and chances are most of the results will not be on your topic. 

Use AND to narrow your results. This time search ENGLAND AND VICTORIAN AND LITERATURE. Notice your results have dropped to 17,496 and they will be more focused on your topic. 

From here you can choose to FILTER your search by CONTENT TYPE such as articles or books. You can also enter a PUBLICATION DATE to find only results in a particular time period. You can also NARROW your search to items in a particular DISCIPLINE. To do so click the check box next to the DISCIPLINE you are interested in.

After NARROWING the search to  articles written in the last five years from the Literature and Language Collection we are now down to 198 results.