Before we begin this tutorial, I need to
tell you that because of a recent change
in the JSTOR database setup, their website
not longer support frames.
What this means to us, is that the tutorial
is a little "wonky." You can still work your
way through the entire tutorial and the
Certificate of Completion prints out
perfectly. You may occasionally "lose"
the instruction part of the tutorial.
If this happens, just look at the upper
left side of the page and you should be
able to retrieve the tutorial instructions
and bring them back up to the front.
JSTOR is a library database containing more
than 2,000 academic journals, which gives you
access to hundreds of thousands Peer-Reviewed
Academic Journal Articles. JSTOR contains
articles from journals in the humanities, social
sciences, and sciences. Some articles were
published before the Peer Review Process began
and some of your results may be Primary
Sources, which are not considered to be peer-
reviewed. Despite this disclaimer, you can
be fairly confident that most articles in JSTOR
are both peer-reviewed and scholarly. If you
need information about current issues then
JSTOR is probably not the best database to use.
Try Academic Search Complete.
Access to JSTOR is only available by
logging into CougarWeb, both on and
off campus. After you finish this tutorial
Login to CougarWeb and Click on the
Library Tab at the top of the page.
Click on the link in the center of the
next page: Find Articles In Databases -
Journals, Magazines, etc.
From the alphabetical listing on the
next page, click on the letter J and it
will take you down the page to the
alphabetical listing for the J's.
To begin your search, Click on the
Advanced Search link under the initial
search box on the screen on the right.
From the Advanced Search page click
Articles under ITEM TYPE - you can
set a DATE RANGE if that is one of the
specifications of your assignment
We're going to leave the date range blank.
Choose English under Languages.
Click All Fields Drop down arrow
to the right of the search box.
Which option is NOT available as a search?
I'm interested in learning about Charles
Lindbergh and his trans-oceanic flight in
the Spirit of St. Louis airplane.
Databases are not case sensitive so we
don't have to worry about capitalization when
we enter our search terms.
Let's enter charles lindbergh on the top Full
Text box and spirit of st. louis in the second
How many results did you get? Remember, choose the number closest to your search results.
That's way too many results for us to look
There are a few tricks to using a library
database that will make our search more
specific to Charles Lindbergh and his flight.
Using quotation marks around phrases or
proper names tells the database to only
search for articles containing the search
terms within the quotation marks.
Quotation marks are especially helpful with
proper names and phrases. Let's make our
search more specific: Click Modify Search
and put quotation marks around both
"charles lindbergh" and "spirit of st. louis."
How many results do you have. Choose the number closest to your results as the number of articles may change daily.
Click on the title of the first article listed.
"From the spirit of St. Louis to the SST:
Charles Lindbergh, Technology, and
Clicking on the title of an article only brings up
the first page - to see the entire article click
Don't do it now, but to see the entire article
click the Download PDF at the upper right
of the page.
JSTOR has a number of features you might
find helpful. You may register and create a
personal account in which to save articles for
future use. You must be currently taking
classes at Collin or another college to access
If you wish to do this, please wait until you
finish this tutorial. Clicking on it now will
exit you out of your accumulated results.
If you decide to do this, I promise you will
not get any advertisements or emails from
JSTOR has added a new student friendly
feature allowing you to select certain
articles and "Export Selected Citations"
Collin College now has a subscription
to RefWorks. If you login to Refworks and
create an account and then open any
database you can export your MLA citation
directly into Refworks. Refworks
permanently save your citations and
when you are finished, it has an option
to "Create Bibliography." If you have
selected the MLA 8th edition citation
style Refworks will do your entire Works
Cited page for you!
If you are required to use the APA style
or the Chicago/Turabian style it is
compatible with both. There will
soon be a tutorial specifically about
using Refworks! Coming Soon!
JSTOR has updated most of the MLA
citations to the new 8th Edition.
Be sure to double check to make sure it is
correct. For now, your best bet is to click on
the link under the article information that
says Cite this item. Then copy and paste
the MLA citation into another source
or use Refworks.
JSTOR seems to do a nice job with
MLA citations but always double
check them for accuracy!
As you are looking at your search results,
notice the publication information (journal
title, author, date, etc.) is listed below the
article title. It is important to check the
publication date before you decide to use
an article. Sometimes professors want
students to only use articles published before
or after a certain year. You can sort your results
from Newest to Oldest in JSTOR.
Click the Newest icon above all the articles
What is the publication year of the newest article listed?
Why do your think the newest article published is from 2015?
click the Download PDF link under
the article title! You must accept
JSTOR's terms of copyright. If you click
on an article title you then have to scroll
page by page through the article.
After you finish this tutorial, click the
PDF link under an article. If you click it
now you will exit out of all your saved results.
A quick trick to search for a specific name
or how many times a term appears within
an article is pressing Ctrl F (Cmd F on a Mac)
on your keyboard. A Find box pops up and
you can enter any term - let's try typing
lindbergh - each time the term appears it
is highlighted. You can quickly see how
relevant your search term is within the
entire article - and, most important, is the
article going to be about the topic you've
Most of the articles we've retrieved aren't
specifically about Lindbergh's flight so
let's modify our search. Click Modify
Search at the top of the page. Click
Add Field and insert the word flight.
How many articles do you now have?
Since Lindbergh's flight was in 1927
I'm not too concerned about these articles
being so old.
What is the date of the earliest published article in our results list?
In fact, this is a much better selection
of articles. Sort your results by most
relevant and scroll down to the article
titled, "The Dallas Spirit": 'The Last
How many pages is this article?
What is the name of the Journal in which it was published?
What year was the article published?
Is "The Dallas Spirit" article a Primary or Secondary source?
Read the first page of the article.
It's not even about the Charles Lindbergh
we want - it's about another pilot!
Be careful when you do research!
So, we've reached the end of our JSTOR
tutorial. Hope it helps you with your
research! If you want to print out the
Certificate of Completion please click the
forward arrow. Happy Searching!
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