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HIS103: Statecraft and Strategy: An Introduction to the History of International Relations

Use JSTOR to find journal articles

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JSTOR is a good journal article database for history.

You may find JSTOR on google, but you will find more articles is you use it through the library, because of our licenses.


Find what you need in JSTOR

If your topic is something about the Ottoman empire, enter your keywords:

JSTOR search screen with the words ottoman empire.

You will get hundreds of results. You will need to choose an article that is useful to you.

Narrow down your list to get better articles

1. Scroll down to where it says Narrow by discipline and/or publication title: and choose History and any other categories that you think would be relevant. 


 JSTOR limit options of type of material (article or book review), dates, language

You can limit your results to articles, date range or language.

You can also focus your search in the search box in a variety of ways. For example:

1. Putting quotes on "ottoman empire" will find those two words together as a phrase.

2. You can add another keyword, ottoman empire and trade

3. You can look for your keywords in the article title.

Detailed search tips.

How can you tell it's a journal article?

In order to be able to find and select good research sources, you need to be able to distinguish between the different types that you encounter in the research process. JSTOR provides a checkbox where you can choose the type of material you want.

JSTOR image of checkboxes allowing you to choose a journal article, or review.

Here are some tips that will help you distinguish between journal articles and book reviews.

Journal Articles

Here is an example citation for a journal article in JSTOR.

Jewish Charitable Bequests and the Hekdesh Trust in Thirteenth-Century Spain
Judah D. Galinsky
Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Winter, 2005), pp. 423-440.

How is this different from a book review citation?

There are two titles. The detailed title of the article, as well as the more general title of the journal. The journal title is in italics.

There is a volume number, and an issue number.

In addition to the year, a month or season may be included.

A page number range shows where the article appears in the journal.

Book reviews

Here's a citation for a book review in JSTOR.

JSTOR is very clear about labelling this item as a review! Another tip is that both the author of the book being reviewed, Ana Echevarria, and the name of the person writing the review are indicated, the reviewer described as follows: "Review by: Jessica A. Coope."

The format looks like this in the actual review text. Notice how the two authors are distinguished.

Reviewed work(s): Kathryn A. Miller. Guardians of Islam: Religious Authority and Muslim Communities of Late Medieval Spain. New York: Columbia University Press. 2008. Pp. xiv, 276. $45.00.

Jessica A. Coope

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Another tell-tale sign of book reviews is that they are short!

How to Search JSTOR

The first three minutes are helpful.