Q. How do I find a journal or a specific article?


The most effective method to find a cited article is to first try locating the journal, rather than searching the article title. While it is possible to search by article title with varied success, the following is the only 100% effective option.


In this example, we will use: Prasher, et al. (1992). Primary structure of the Aequorea Victoria green-fluorescent protein. Gene, 11(2), 229-233.


1) On the library homepage, click the Journals tab, type the journal title into the search box, then click the Search button. In this example, it's "Gene." 


2) If the library owns the journal, it will be in the search results. Click the title to see the detailed view, then choose a link from the View It section that includes the greatest coverage if you want to browse the journal.

Note: When searching for a specific article, ensure that the link you choose includes the article's publication year in the dates of coverage. 



3) Now that you're in the database or journal website, you can either:

  • enter the article title, author name, or volume in the search bar, or
  • navigate through the Volumes tree menu, usually on the side panel.


4) When you have located the article, click the PDF icon to view full text or print.

Searching for an article in a journal that the library does not own? Find out how to request it through our Interlibrary Loan service here

  • Last Updated Dec 15, 2017
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  • Answered By Matt Young

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