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Database quick guides: JSTOR

JSTOR

JSTOR

JSTOR

DESCRIPTION

EXAMPLES

Finding variations of a word




 

Truncation and wildcards

* replaces 0...n symbols and it can be used anywhere except in the beginning of the word

? replaces one symbol

Truncation can only be used in three search terms.

behavio* -> behavio(u)r, behavio(u)ral, behaviorist, behavio(u)rism, behaviorally
 

organi?ation -> organization,  organisation 

Searching for plural forms with the symbol & may not work with all irregular plural forms.

sky& -> sky, skies
mouse& -> mouse, mice

NB.
woman& -> woman, woman's

Searching for different variations with the symbol #
The search term has to be a whole word, for example, verb teach# or noun pedagogy#. 

 

The symbol # can be inserted in many search terms and it can be attached to words that have been truncated with other symbols.

operate# -> operate(-s, -d), operating, operation, operative, operator
went# -> go, goes, gone, going, went
 

teach# OR learn# OR school# OR educate# OR pedagogy# OR classroom&

myth# OR mythology#

Searching for different written forms with the symbol ~ (so-called fuzzy search) 

Fuzzy search can be combined with words truncated with other symbols.

dostoyevsky~ -> dostoyevsky, dostoevsky, dostoievski, dostoevsky, dostoyevski, dostoevskii, dostoevski

dostoyevsky~ AND myth#

Stress is applied to words with the symbol ^ and a number, for example, ^5.

 

Phrases 

Phrase inside quotation marks
Truncation or other symbols attached to the search term cannot be used.

 "united nations"
"self image" -> self-image, self image
"self-image" -> self-image, self image

Boolean operators
 

AND is the default operator so it can be left out; it can also be replaced by symbols &, &&, and +.

peace* "united nations"
= peace* and "united nations"
= peace* & "united nations"
= peace* && "united nations"
= +peace* +"united nations"
 

Operator OR searches for different options

Can be replaced with the symbol ||.

"league of nations" or "united nations"
= "league of nations" || "united nations"

NOT is an unconditional operation

 

The order of precedence is as follows:
1. AND 2. OR

Parentheses can be added to override the order of precedence: parentheses are always processed first.

"currency reform" AND (russia OR "soviet union")

Proximity operators

- are based on calculation, punctuation marks are not taken into account

- search terms can be in any order
 

Proximity is expressed with the symbol ~ and with a number. The search terms are written inside quotation marks.

Truncation or other symbols attached to the search term cannot be used. Phrases cannot be used either.

"learning writing"~5

 

In Advanced Search proximity (NEAR 5, 10, 25) can be chosen from a drop-down menu.

Truncation or other symbols attached to the search term cannot be used. Phrases cannot be used either.

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Searching from different fields in Advanced Search





 

In Full text search the search terms are retrieved from the text in articles.

Searching with common words gives many references.

In Author search the search terms are retrieved from the writers of the articles and from the people being criticized. Putting quotation marks around the first and last names (or initial letters) ensures that they are searched from the same name. The order of the first and last names does not matter.

sibelius

"l j savage" -> esim. Leonard J. Savage

friedman milton = milton friedman 

In Item title search the search terms are retrieved from the titles of articles.

This is worth trying if full text search gives too many references.

In Abstract search the search terms are retrieved from the abstracts of articles.

Only about 10% of the articles has an abstract.

In Caption search the search terms are retrieved from the captions of pictures in articles.

 

SFX links

Full text journals that are not included in JSTOR databases can be accessed through article-specific SFX links.