LEAD 502 - Developing Scholars Seminar



JSTOR is a database with full-text coverage of key journals from a wide variety of fields. Unlike most other databases, JSTOR contains all of the volumes of a journal except for those from the most recent few years. This makes it an especially useful tool for finding foundational articles or for exploring the history of scholarship on a topic.


Jstor's home page

Searching by Author in JSTOR

To find materials written by a specific person, follow these steps:

1. Access the advanced search screen

2. Change the top-right drop-down menu to "author"

3. Enter the first and last name of the person and click search. 

Screenshot of JSTOR's advanced search screen showing an author search for Nyla Branscombe


Searching by Topic

To find articles, books, and other resources about a topic of interest, follow these steps:

1. Access JSTOR's advanced search screen

2. Use one row for each main concept in your topic.

a. In each row enter synonyms or words that are related to the concept.Link these with OR

b. Use a asterisk to stem a term so that you will find words with variant endings. For example, stereotyp* will find any word beginning with the stereotyp. This includes stereotype, stereotypes, stereotypical, stereotyping.

For example, if your topic is cognitive influences on stereotyping of women, you would dedicate one row to the concept cognitive, one to the concept stereotyping, and one to the concept women. After thinking of closely related terms and adding asterisks, you might come up with:

Screen shot of JSTOR's advanced search screen

3. If your set of results is large (more than a few hundred), it is wise to perform your search again, and specify that the most important concepts should appear in the title. 

Screenshot of JSTOR's advanced search screen showing the title selected as the scope for the top two rows.