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Databases Tutorials: JSTOR

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Quick Search Overview Video Tutorial

Searching JSTOR

This video will show you how to search on JSTOR quickly and easily.

Strengthen your search skills with JSTOR. This video will help you use Advanced Search on JSTOR with Boolean operators.

Do you ever lose track of what you find on JSTOR? Learn how to save everything you find, so you can easily get back to it, cite it, or download it, whenever you want.

Explore two ways to save what you find on JSTOR.

Learn how to quickly narrow your search scope to fine just what you need without leaving the search results page!

Take a tour and see the possibilities for curating content with the JSTOR Workspace.

In this video, we'll go over how to create your own JSTOR account, which allows you to search, save and share content with others. Anyone can create a JSTOR account and read for free online.

Be sure to watch through to the end, and we'll show you how to pair your account with your school, so you have access to their subscribed content.

Organize what you find on JSTOR and download it in presentations or handouts. Your Workspace is the free space to save all the content you find on JSTOR for easy access again and again.

Here is how to share a Workspace folder on JSTOR.

Learn what you can do with a shared folder on JSTOR.

Text Analyzer is a new way to search JSTOR: upload your own text or document, Text Analyzer processes the text to find the most significant topics and then recommends similar content on JSTOR. An exciting option for beginning your search on JSTOR is the 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 search--and drag and drop it into the analyzer to get search results.

How it works
  1. Upload a document with text in it. This can be anything: a paper you're writing, an outline of a work in progress, an article you just downloaded, even a picture of a page of your textbook. (Don't worry, we won't store or share the text.)
  2. The tool analyzes the text within the document to find key topics and terms used, and then uses the ones it deems most important — the "prioritized terms" — to find similar content in JSTOR.
  3. Review the results and download any articles you're interested in.
  4. Adjust the results you're seeing by adding, removing or adjusting the importance of the prioritized terms.
File types supported

You can upload or point to many kinds of text documents, including: csv, doc, docx, gif, htm, html, jpg, jpeg, json, pdf, png, pptx, rtf, tif (tiff), txt, xlsx. If the file type you're using isn't in this list, just cut and paste any amount of text into the search form to analyze it.

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