Jstor database

In the United Kingdom (and in the US), the method of studying comprehends written and oral exams and assignments to do at home. The assignments are basically essays and presentations. To complete them you have to research and read lots of papers, journals and books, and you can find most of them online. When it comes that I have to write an essay, one website that has always helped me with my work is http://www.jstor.org which is an online database where, through several filters, you can find articles and journals. It contains every single article range from science to medicine to law to biology and whatever you need. All you need is to log in with your University ID account and you immediately have access to hundreds of thousands of sources. I think this website is very helpful for students like me who have many essays to complete and not much time to go searching for information in real libraries. Also, JSTOR has now added to its database a new area completely dedicated to the books. I find this online library amazing and very helpful; just imagine that no more than ten years ago nothing like this existed and if someone wanted to read a single article had to go to a proper library and spend hours looking for it, now the only thing you need is a computer and an internet connection.



  1. I agree that JSTOR is a very reliable source. This is often the first online database I refer to when writing a paper for school. It’s wide range in categories of factual information is very useful. I have used if for everything from history to sociology papers. Often times when I use this source, I scroll to the bottom of the article and see what sources they used to compile their document and go through those to further my research. I am very grateful that we have these kinds of sources in this age of technology. It is a wonderful thing that we can simply go through online databases and control+f just to search for a key word in the whole document. It is a huge convenience as compared to searching through hundreds of pages to find what you are looking for.


  2. Do you think that having so much information at our fingertips can somehow damage the way we learn? What I mean by this is the huge difference between our parents’ generation and ours. They had to spend hours in the library for one simple essay and now we can have the same results as them in less than 10 minutes. Do you think this is making us lazier and teaching us that hard work isn’t always the way? Or that we should appreciate sites like this and take advantage of them?


  3. I have used this database before and I have to say it is genuinely very useful. It is easy to locate any type of article, journal, books etc regarding your topic and all you have to do is type in a key word for that specific topic. As the comments above say, it saves a lot of time, but whilst we are not immersing ourselves in the actual book itself, we are able to skip to and from chapters as we please and I therefore think that this makes our research more productive.


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