The JSTOR Text Analyzer is a unique research tool that "reads" your documents and suggests related JSTOR-hosted content based on the text of your document (but we won't save your document on our site).
What's in this article:
- How to upload a document
- Supported File Types
- Adjusting Search Results
- Can I access the documents I see in the search results?
How to upload a document
You have 3 options for uploading text into the Text Analyzer: Drag and drop, Upload directly from your computer, and paste text.
To drag and drop, select a file from your computer and drag it into the Text Analyzer search field.
To upload a file from your computer, choose the "select files from your computer" option below the searching field.
If you have a text document you would like to analyze, like a paper or an HTML document, you can also paste the text directly into the Text Analyzer search field.
You can also paste or drag and drop the URL of a JSTOR article into the Text Analyzer!
Remember: the Text Analyzer is not a search box--so be sure to upload documents, not type in search terms.
Supported file types
The Text Analyzer can work with almost any file type with machine-readable text. We recommend:
- Text files
Note that if a PDF file doesn't have readable text, the Text Analyzer can't make suggestions for you. You could even upload a JPEG file as long as it has machine-readable text (just a photo of a document won't work).
Adjusting search results
The Text Analyzer suggests search results based on the frequency of the words that appear in the document you uploaded. Once you get your results, you can adjust how important different words or "terms" are to the related documents you want to find--as well as which terms are included.
You can use the slide rules in the "Prioritized terms" section of the search results page to adjust the relative importance of each term in your search results.
You can also add terms in the "Identified terms" section. Click on a term to add it to your "Prioritized terms" filter.
To remove a term, click the "X" next to each Prioritized term.
Can I access the documents in search results?
Results will default to content you can download. For the most access, log in through your school or individual account.
Check your browser
We recommend that you only use the most recent versions of our supported browser types with the Text Analyzer. If you're seeing errors, make sure you are using the updated version of one of the browsers listed on our Browser Compatibility Page.
Use machine readable file types
The Text Analyzer can only interpret file types with "machine-readable" text. If you're using an older PDF or a photo of a document that isn't machine-readable, the Text Analyzer can't suggest documents for you.