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Database quick guides: JSTOR

Quick references of the most central databases in the University of Oulu

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

Word roots must contain at least three letters preceding a wildcard.

behavio*
> behavio(u)r, behaviorist, behavio(u)rism,

 

organi?ation
> organization,  organisation 


an*esthe* | anesthe* OR anaesthe*

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

 

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

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

Boolean operators
 

AND is the default operator so it can be left out.

peace* "united nations"
= peace* AND "united nations"

Operator OR searches for different options.

"league of nations" OR "united nations"

NOT is an unconditional operation.

"league of nations" NOT "united nations"

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 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.

"debt forgiveness"~10

 

"learn write"~3 OR "learning writing"~3


"music education classical"~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.

 

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 jean = jean sibelius

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

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.

Some images do not contain captions.

Fulltext links

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

Your institution does not have access to this journal article on JSTOR. You may have other access options through your institution. 

Import into RefWorks

Citation by citation or

selected citations.

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