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How Do I Find an Article Online if I Have a Citation?

If you have a citation for an article and need to find the full text in print or online, the tool to use is the library’s Citation Linker. The Citation Linker searches all of our online databases and electronic subscriptions, and our journals in print, to locate the article you need.

To get to the Citation Linker, follow the link above, or click on “Find Articles” on any library web page. Citation Linker gives you a form to fill out that looks like this:

You’ll get the best results by filling out just the journal title and the date (year) that your article appeared. Also, be sure to select “starts with” for the journal title, and leave off initial articles like a, an, or the.

When you click on the big red “Go” button to start your search, a new browser window or tab will open. If there’s more than one journal title in the results, you’ll see a results list that looks like this:

Click the link for the journal title that you’re looking for, and you’ll see another new window that either connects you to the journal online:

Or connects you to the catalog to search for the journal in print:

If the library doesn’t have access to the article online or in print, you will see a message that says “request this article through Interlibrary Loan”:

You can click the link for the Interlibrary Loan form and request the article from another library. You'll get an email confirmation for your request, and then when the article arrives, you'll get another email from the library with information about how to access the article -- most articles are delivered electronically, but some arrive as photocopies.

 

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