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How to Use JSTOR: Tools to help your research

A JSTOR Guide

Improve your research skills!

Try JSTOR's free online course, Research Basics!

Research Basics is a free, self-paced online research skills course intended to help you build your research skills and prepare for college work.

The course consists of three modules focused on effective searching, establishing credibility, and citing scholarly work. Each module has three sections, and each section includes a 10-minute video overview of the topic.

After watching video, use a set of practice questions to test what you've learned and then take an assessment quiz for the full module. Upon the successful completion of a module quiz, you earn a virtual badge!

 

JSTOR Daily

‚ÄčJSTOR Daily (daily.jstor.org) is an online magazine that provides context and background to news stories and current affairs. It publishes short and long posts from journalists and academics, and all pieces link to journal articles on JSTOR for deeper reading. We're constantly updating the site with blog posts, columns, long-form essays, and interviews with a scholars, so there's always plenty of new material. 

The stories—written by journalists and academics—cover scholarship from a wide array of disciplines and are organized by topics: Arts & Culture, History & Politics, Business & Economics, Science & Technology, and Education & Society. JSTOR Daily can be a great source for ideas for paper topics and classroom discussion.

Here are links to some of the most recent articles:

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A Mobile Tool for Research

JSTOR Snap (labs.jstor.org/snap) is an experimental research tool from JSTOR Labs that lets you take a picture of any page of text with your smartphone’s camera and discover articles in JSTOR about the same topic. Watch this demo and then get started snapping!

JSTOR Labs: Snap Demo from JSTOR on Vimeo.

 

Understanding Shakespeare

Understanding Shakespeare (labs.jstor.org/shakespeare) is a collaboration between the JSTOR Labs team and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and provides links from the full-text of the plays to the Shakespeare scholarship on JSTOR.

Pick a play, click on a line, and instantly see a list of articles on JSTOR that reference the text. The site includes all 38 Shakespeare plays, and navigation options provide quick links to explore the plays by type: comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. 

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