February 3, 2006

navigating JSTOR

Posted in Brandi Crawford at 6:59 am by groupone

Upon examining the “About JSTOR” section of JSTOR, I discovered about a hundred different search techniques that were very helpful. For example, I learned that typing in ty:fla before your search term allows you to narrow the search to only full length articles. Also, a search can eliminate undesired words by using the word “NOT”. For example, if you want to search an article about Republicans that does not mention Democrats, then search Republicans NOT Democrats. I performed my search for Edgar Allan Poe by clicking “Search”, then typing in “Edgar Allan Poe” as the search.

Rein, David M. “Poe’s Dreams.” American Quarterly 10 (1958): 367-371. This article seeks to show a correlation between literature and dreams as “reflections of our inmost, often subconscious, feelings”. The article focuses on Edgar Allan Poe’s works to prove the author’s point. Rein uses specific examples from Poe, citing his work “The Oval Portrait”. Rein argues that Poe’s works and characters are the reflections of Poe’s subconscious desires and thoughts. Rein’s use of specific examples allows for a thoughtful new approach to a heavily researched topic.

Ryan, Sylvester. “A Poe Oversight.” College English 11 (1950): 408.  Sylvester’s article seeks to uncover what the author believes to be a previously unknown fact that Edgar Allan Poe overlooked an important piece of evidence in his work “The Murderers in the Rue Morgue”. Sylvester suggests that this mistake was not an intentional attempt to make the story more interesting, but was in fact an oversight by a writer viewed as a “keen analyst”. The author briefly considers an alternate point of view, but remains firm in his belief and offers specific details to back up that belief.

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