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POLS 277: Research Methods

Use this guide to locate the resources you need to develop your research design and complete your literature review.

Using JSTOR: Step by step

1. Go to JSTOR.


2. Click on Advanced Search

JSTOR Basic Search screen with the Advanced Search option indicated.


3. Enter your keywords

  • Use or add extra lines as necessary.

JSTOR Advanced Search sample search for democracy and "economic growth." The Add a search box button is also indicated.

Add your limits

  • Check the Articles box
  • Change the Language limiter to English
  • Enter the range of Publication Date
  • Narrow by Discipline(s)

Narrow results screen on JSTOR with articles box checked and language and publication date limiters indicated.JSTOR Journal Filter screen with Political Science and Public Policy & Administration categories checked.

Results list still too long?

Try adding another keyword to your search or use the Refining Panel on the left.

JSTOR results screen with the search within results box, date limiter, and subjects limiters highlighted.