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Browsing collections on JSTOR allows you to explore collections of images and primary sources from libraries, museums, and archives around the world.
To start browsing:
- Open the "Browse" drop-down menu in the main navigation at the top of the page on JSTOR and select "Collections".
- Or visit Collections on JSTOR.
Searching across all collections
To search items found across all collections on JSTOR, enter your search terms in the "Search items from all collections" search bar at the top of the "Collections on JSTOR" page.
In the following example, the search term "teacup" returned several hundred results across all collections.
You can use the "Refine Results" sidebar on the search results page to narrow your results further. See Searching: Using Filters and Facets for more information.
Filtering the list of collections
If you have a specific collection or contributor in mind, you can use the "Collection Type" drop-down, "Contributor" drop-down, and/or the "Filter the list of collections" field to filter the list of collections.
For example, if you select "Artstor" as a collection contributor in the "Contributor" drop-down, you'll find that there are hundreds of Artstor collections to explore. You'll see in the collection metadata that they're "Part of Artstor".
To further refine the list of collections, you can use the "Filter the list of collections" field to specify a type of collection you're interested in.
For example, you're interested in photography collections within Artstor. You can enter "photography" in the "Filter the list of collections" field to narrow the list of collections to Artstor collections that include "photography".
Refining results within a collection
When viewing a collection, subcollection, or container (for example, a book or periodical within a collection), you can also refine and filter items using the "Refine Results" sidebar on the collection, subcollection, or container page.
Available facets and filters will vary depending on the collection, but include:
- Content type
- Classification - Images may be included in multiple classification groups.
- Geography - This can refer to the country of origin or location of the work or the nationality of the creator, and images may be included in more than one location when these differ. You can filter by one or more regions, one or more countries, or a combination of both.
- Subcollection - If the collection contains subcollections.
- Access type
In the following example, we can filter the items in the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) collection by items in English within the "Women & Gender" subcollection.
Viewing items that are part of a collection in Workspace
If items added to your Workspace are a part of a collection of other items, the "Part of" metadata will appear below the item's stable URL. This text is hyperlinked to other similar or curated content from the same collection and is a great way to discover related items that might be grouped by topic, time period, subject, or other grouping method. Both text and image content can be considered part of a collection.
In the following image example, "Eight Different Domestic dogs..." is part of the Open: Wellcome Collection.
In this next example, "Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash" is part of the SVA (School of Visual Arts) Image Library.
Text-based items also can be part of a collection. In this example, items in the Workspace are part of a variety of content collections, including:
- articles that are part of a journal
- chapters that are part of a book
- images that are part of a collection of other images or mixed content.