Video Transcript

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 service disruption.

Finding journal articles from citations.

In the first part of this video, we’ll talk about why you might want to use a citation to find a specific journal article.

In the second part, we’ll talk about how to find an article using a DOI, an article title, and a journal title.

Why follow citations?

A citation is a reference to the source of information an author used as part of their research in their writing.

Citations can lead to any form of information and can follow different styles of formatting, but they should always have the information you need to find the original source.

We’ll be focusing on citations for scholarly journal articles.

You might get a citation from a professor who wants you to find a specific article to read, but most of the citations you run into will probably be at the end of other articles or books.

Authors include citations to avoid plagiarism, but also because citations can help other researchers who are reading their article.

You can follow citations to check the facts if you’re not sure you’re reading a trustworthy article.

It can also be useful for finding more sources on the same topic, if you’ve found a good source  for your research.

Following citations can also be useful to get more context for understanding the academic discussion in an article, especially if the author is responding directly to ideas in the articles they’ve cited.

Find an article using a DOI.

DOIs or Digital Object Identifiers can be a very quick way to find some articles the University has access to.

The DOI is a string of numbers and letters that might be included at the end of citations for recent articles.

DOIs can get you to an article quickly, but they’re most useful for when you’re doing research on campus, because you might not be able to access a journal article if the website doesn’t know you’re part of the university.

To make a link from a DOI start with “” and then include the numbers and letters from the citation.

Find an article using an article title.

Another fast way to find the article full text is by searching for the title of the article, which usually comes after the names of the authors.

Copy and paste the title into the Summon search the on the library home page, or Google Scholar.

Try using quotation marks around the title to search for the words in the exact order you’ve given them.

Find an article using a journal title.

You can also find an article by looking up the journal.

Find the journal title in the citation - it usually comes after the article title.

On the library’s home page, open the catalogue, and then search for the journal title.

Once you find it, choose a database link to access the journal.

Make sure the article date is covered by the database you’ve chosen - in the example shown in the video, any link will do.

The journal websites will all look a little bit different, but try to find an archive or list of different issues of the journal.

Then you can find the right volume and issue number - usually located in the citation after the journal title - and find your article in the list of titles.

Remember that you can always come to the library’s Research Help Desk if you’re having trouble!

Content last reviewed: January 2, 2019