How do I find an article from a citation?
Sometimes you will be given a list of articles to find from a syllabus or want to track down a reference in an article. Here is guidance on finding the full-text from a citation.
1. First, try Google Scholar to search for the article by entering the title of the article (not the entire citation).
For example, to find the full-text of this citation: Roff, George, Christopher Doropoulos, Alice Rogers, Yves-Marie Bozec, Nils C Krueck, Eleanor Aurellado, Mark Priest, Chico Birrell, and Peter J Mumby. "The Ecological Role of Sharks on Coral Reefs." Trends in Ecology & Evolution (Amsterdam) 31.5 (2016): 395-407. Web.
Search for "The Ecological Role of Sharks on Coral Reefs" instead of entering the entire citation.
While we recommend using subject-specific databases since they provide better filters and tools, if you are looking for the full-text from a citation Google Scholar is the fastest way to determine whether the article is available from the Library or freely available online elsewhere. Video on Searching using Google Scholar
2. If Google Scholar does not show that the article is available from the Library or elsewhere you will need to request the article from Interlibrary Loan.
By submitting a request, the Library will search for the article on your behalf and either obtain a copy from another library or purchase the article on your behalf. Generally, it takes two to three business days, but may be longer due to COVID related restrictions. There is no cost to this service and you will receive an email with a link to download the article when it is available.
If you are having trouble, email firstname.lastname@example.org for help!