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Upward Bound- History: JSTOR

What It Is

  • JSTOR is a database
    • In this case, a database contains articles from journals and other publications

  • JSTOR is multidisciplinary, but it's main strengths are not science and technology
    • It contains articles on all sorts of subjects

  • It's a good database to turn to if you're having trouble finding anything in Academic Search Complete
    • It contains more than Academic Search Complete, so you'll likely spend more time trying to find what you need

What to Do

  • Be specific!
    • Databases have too much specialized information in them to be appropriate for background research

  • Combine your ideas effectively using:
    • AND, to combine terms for specific results
    • OR, to allow for synonyms, and to broaden results
    • NOT, to exclude terms from your search

More about JSTOR

Helpful Video Tutorials

Click on the following links to view a short tutorial on each topic. For flash-free mobile and Apple devices click on

Introduction to Online Databases  (2:00)  

Search Strategies for  Finding Articles  (3:50)  

Finding Full-Text Articles  (2:46)  

The Different Types of Articles (Magazines, Journals and Newspapers)  (4:40)  

Scholarly Articles  (3:09)

How to Find a Specific Article  (2:52)

How to Create or Recover Your Library PIN  (3:15)


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