in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.



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?

If you wish to read an entire article,

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

Fool Flight.'



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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