Answered By: Davy Gibbs
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2016     Views: 197

Citation chasing begins by understanding what type of publication you're looking for. For instance, is the citation for a book or a journal article? If it contains two titles -- one of which might be the name of a journal or magazine -- you're probably dealing with an article citation.

Since we already have a complete citation, we can use the "Journals A - Z" service on the Piedmont College Libraries homepage. It's the third tab in the central searching area. Click on the tab and enter the name of the journal referenced in your citation (i.e. "The New Yorker," "Educational Researcher" or "Journal of Comparative Psychology"). If no adequate results are found, you'll need to submit an interlibrary loan request for the article (you can do that here). If you find that we do offer access to the journal, you'll be presented with a list of the databases in which it can be found. Pay attention to the dates listed to the right of the database name; often, only limited date ranges are offered. Refer back to your citation and make a note of the issue date ("April 2011," for example), then find the option that provides access to that particular year.

One click on the database link will take you inside that journal, and you'll see the issues separated by year (and/or volume number). Click on the correct year, and then you can choose the issue you need (Volume 40, No. 3) from the list. Once inside the correct issue, you'll find a list of all the articles published in that issue, and the article you need will be one of them. You can either scroll through the article titles until you find the one you want, or search that individual issue for the title or author name.

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