When doing research, it may be tempting to print every article you find on your topic. However, applying a few green strategies to your next research paper or project may help save paper and organize your sources.
When you find an article you'd like to use in JSTOR, the "Tools" box includes options to view a PDF version, email or save the citation info for the article.
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In our EBSCO Databases, which include Academic Search Complete, Associates Programs Source Plus, Business Source Complete, and Newspaper Source Plus, use the tools on the right hand side of the screen. You can email the article to yourself, add it to a folder, or save it to the desktop or your flash drive.
From the article, click Email and enter your email address when prompted. Emailing articles to yourself is a great strategy to organize your research. When you log into your email account, a persistent link to the article will be sent to you. In the case of full-text articles, clicking the link will bring you to the database where you can read the article in its entirety. If the article isn't available in full text, the link will bring you to the citation information you will need to order the article via InterLibrary Loan.
To save the full text of an article when PDF full text is available: Select the link for PDF full text in the article (located on the left). In the PDF full text article, use your mouse's right button to select "Save as" to save the PDF OR use the print button that will appear at the bottom of the article.
To save the full text of an article when HTML full text is available: In the article, click the "Save" option in the tools menu on the right. A box will pop up in the center of your screen; be sure "HTML Full text" is selected. Click the yellow Save button. From the next screen, use your browser to save the page (in Internet Explorer, select File-Save as; in Firefox, select File-Save file as; in Chrome, right click and select Save as). This will save the complete HTML file to your computer.
Add to folder: This option allows you to add articles to a folder in the database. You can create a free My EBSCOhost account, which will allow you to sign in from any computer. See the "Sign in" option in any of our EBSCO databases for more information.
When printing documents or articles, figure out if you need the entire article, or if you could just get by with printing a section of the article. Select the page range you need to have a hard copy of and print that. Also, watch out for long bibliographies that may print at the end of an article: select the page range of the text only if you don't need a copy of the bibliography.
How to print only the pages you need:
In Microsoft Word: After selecting "File" then "Print," under "Settings" click "Print custom range." You can then type in the page numbers or range of pages you would like to print.
From the Web: After selecting print, an option box will appear. Here you can choose a custom page range to print.
Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer:
From an EBSCO Database: When printing a PDF file, right click to print OR select the print icon that you will see at the bottom of the article. Your browser's options will come up and you will have the option to choose a custom page range. When printing HTML full text, select the print option to the right of the article. Then select the yellow print button. From the next page, you will use your browser's printing function to print, and have the option of selecting a custom page range.
Does your research involve reading articles hosted on websites? Try these methods to organize your research without printing:
CQ Researcher is a wonderful database for beginning researchers. However, the articles are very long and it is not advisable to print them- some are as many as 50 or more pages!
Saving the PDF version of the article is a better strategy: you can refer to it later on your computer as well as search the text for key terms.
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