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Try these steps to find a journal article from a citation:

Use the DOI to go directly to the article

If you’re doing your research on campus, and your citation has a DOI (a string of numbers and letters that act as a permanent link to the article) try using that first. Turn the DOI into a link by starting with the prefix “http://dx.doi.org/”

Liodakis, G. (2016). An exploration of scarcity in historical perspective. Science & Society, 80(2), 221-247. doi:10.1521/siso.2016.80.2.221

In this example the DOI is "10.1521/siso.2016.80.2.221". The article can be found at the link http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/siso.2016.80.2.221 and if you're on-campus, you can immediately get the full text of most articles Carleton has access to.

Search for the article by title

If you’re not using a DOI or if you try to use one and can’t get access to your article, search for the article by title in the library’s Summon search box on the library home page.

Kim, Yung Sik. "Science and bureaucracy in traditional China." The Medieval History Journal 3, no. 2 (2000): 363-379.

The title of the journal article is "Science and bureaucracy in traditional China". Copy the title and paste it into the search box on the library home page. Find the article in the search results and click on the "Full Text Online" link to get access.

  • Remember that most journal article citations have an article title and a journal title in them. The article title usually comes first.
  • Use “quotation marks” around the title to make your search more specific.

Search for the journal title

If you can’t find your article through a DOI or article title, you can look for it using the journal title. Search in the library catalogue for the journal title, and then look up the article using the volume and issue numbers in the citation.

Malinowska-Borowska, J., Harazin, B., & Zieliński, G. (2011). The influence of wood hardness and logging operation on coupling forces exerted by lumberjacks during wood harvesting. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 41(5), 546-550.

Search for the journal title, "International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics", in the library catalogue. From the journal's catalogue record, choose a link to access the journal that covers the publication date (2011). Find volume 41, issue 5 from the full list of journal issues, and scroll through the list of article titles to find the full text of your article.

  • Usually, the volume and issue number are listed in a citation in that order, immediately after the journal title. If an issue number is missing, page numbers can help you find the right issue.
  • Some citation styles use journal title abbreviations. Find the full title by doing a journal abbreviation search, or by searching Google.

Ask for help

If you can’t find the right journal article, you can ask for help at the Research Help Desk. If you don’t think that Carleton has access to your journal article online or in print, you can request an interlibrary loan through Racer.

Content last updated: July 19, 2017