Sometimes you need information on a subject that is very specific, and you don’t want to be overwhelmed with the total number of results you get from OneSearch, the library’s main search engine. We offer very many databases specific to all areas of study. Perhaps you’re a secondary education major with a math focus and you need to learn the history of multiplication tables.
First, begin by going to our home page and finding the subject specific link under the OneSearch tab.
This will take you to a selection of subjects to pick from. I have chosen Mathematics because I want to know about multiplication tables.
After you have chosen a subject, you are directed to a page with databases that are appropriate for the subject you are searching. JSTOR is a great resource for a multitude of subjects, including mathematics
After we have selected the database we’d like to use, in our case JSTOR, it will take us to a page like this. I have entered the title “multiplication tables” into s the search field as shown by the red rectangle. If you want your search to find the term “multiplication tables” together as a phrase it is imperative that you put it in quotation marks. Otherwise the search will retrieve results that have the two words, but not necessarily together as a phrase.
You may also choose what kind of materials you’d like to search as marked by green X’s. You can also choose a range of dates to get the most recent articles.
Underneath the search fields, there are subjects. You can check any of the boxes to make your search subject specific. In our case, as showcased by the purple arrow, I have chosen mathmatics.
Once you enter your search, you can choose if you want relevancy, newest, or oldest, for your order. I have chosen the first article shown by relevancy.
After choosing my article, I have lots of choices. It’s very convenient to read articles on JSTOR because they are organized well. You can down load the PDF version of an article for easy reading as shown by the blue arrow. The PDF version appears exactly like the print copy of the article. It also makes it easier to access and gives you the ability to print. It’s easy to flip to the previous article or the next one as shown by the lime green rectangle. With JSTOR, citations just become the easiest thing in the world. With the click of a button, you can have a citation made up for you. The article appears below the review as shown by the black arrow. The articles vary on length.
JSTOR is just one of our many data bases that we offer for research. Depending on the subject, there may be a more specific data base for your research. JSTOR is a good database for subject specific or general information. If you ever need help with research, be sure to chat, email, call, or stop by the library.