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FAQs: Finding an Article on Your Topic

How to find scholarly articles through WKU Libraries

Finding an Article Using a Scholarly Citation


What is a citation?

A scholarly citation consists of the information we need to locate a specific article, book, or other work. For an article, the citation normally includes the author, date, title of the article, and the name of the journal in which it was published, along with volume and issue numbers. There may also be a code or web address to make sure the reader can identify the work precisely.

Here is an example of a citation for a scholarly article:

Rogerson, Peter A. “Statistical Evidence for Long-Range Space-Time Relationships between Large Earthquakes.” Journal of Seismology 22, no. 6 (November 2018): 1423–35. doi:10.1007/s10950-018-9775-4.


How do you find an article using the citation?

Most frequently you find the article by finding the journal in which it was published. In the example above, you want the Journal of Seismology, volume 22, issue 6. Follow these steps to locate the article:

· Go to the WKU Libraries’ homepage, then click the link for e-journals A-Z, located below the search box.

· On the e-journals search page, enter the name of the journal—in our example, Journal of Seismology.

· The results are shown below. The first item is the one we want. Click Online Access to find out if we have it through WKU Libraries.

e-journal search results

 

· If we have access, use the link provided to go to the database or publisher’s page, then go to the appropriate year, volume, and issue to find the article you want.


link to e-journal

 

· When you find it, you should be able to download a digital version of the article (such as a pdf or html).

· If we don’t have access, consider making an Interlibrary Loan request—we can normally obtain articles very quickly and deliver it to you in a convenient electronic format.


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