What’s in this Article:
- What is different about searching in JSTOR?
- Basic Search Overview
- Refining Results in Basic Search
- Using the Text Analyzer
What is different about searching on JSTOR?
Searching on JSTOR is different from other search engines such as Google because of the scholarly content and focus on research that we make available.
For a quick search overview, watch this video:
Basic Search Overview
The JSTOR homepage highlights a basic search bar for convenient searching. You can enter phrases, keywords, authors, and/or titles without any special formatting to return a broad list of results.
For more advanced searching, you can put Boolean commands directly into the search bar to Search JSTOR:
It's important to note that there is a 200-character limit in this search (note: this includes spaces).
Refining Results in Basic Search
You might notice that as you start typing, a dropdown menu appears. This prompts you to refine your results. This is a great feature for common synonyms.
For example, if you’re looking for articles by an author with a last name containing “Cats,” it can be discouraging to see over 80,000 articles about the animal.
You can also create these filters manually by typing your search terms into some specialized formatting. For example, if you only want to see articles that appear within the journal Fairy Tale Review, you can type:
jo: “Fairy Tale Review”
into the basic search and press “Enter” to see only articles that appear within that journal (Looking to browse through a journal instead? We have some tips on our “Searching within a Specific Journal or Book” article).
You can also use the codes for:
- author = au: “searchterm”
- title = ti: “searchterm”
- journal = jo: “searchterm”
Using the Text Analyzer
An exciting option for beginning your search on JSTOR is the Beta Text Analyzer. After going to the Text Analyzer home page, you can select a document from your computer—it can be a research paper you have created or it can be a document created by someone else that is relevant to your research—and drag and drop it into the analyzer to get search results.