When conducting research, you might find a citation for an article that looks relevant to your research - this guide will help you find an article when you know the article title and the name of the journal where it was published.
1. If you have the citation of an article and you want to find a copy of it, using the journal title to find the article is typically the best way to go. NOTE: Each journal will look a little different, but the basic steps will be the same.
For example, let's find this article:
2. The title of the journal we will be looking for is Journal of the Learning Sciences. Go to the library website's journals list. You can access this from the homepage under Find --> Journals, Magazines & Newspapers.
3. Enter the title of the journal and click search. In this case, the title is Journal of Learning Sciences.
4. If the library has the journal, pay close attention to the dates each option provides access to. In this case, we're looking for an article from 2014, so the first link won't work for us. We need to choose an option that includes 2014. If the library does NOT have the journal, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
5. Next, you'll be taken to a website where you can access the journal. NOTE: each website might be organized differently but have a similar process. Be aware of possible similarities within each separate website. Search the title of the article in the top search box: "Lessons that last: Former youth organizers’ reflections on what and how they learned." NOTE: Make sure you are searching "This Journal" in the drop-down menu, since many vendors provide access to several journals. If you have trouble, try entering fewer words from the article title, or search the author's name.
6. Click on the article title.
You can read it online or download the PDF.
7. If you want to read more from this journal, you can browse by specific issue or search across multiple issues by keyword.