Tutorial: Using citations to find journal articles and books

Journal articles are a major source of information
for researchers. Researchers often find new articles by using
library databases, but another important way to identify useful sources is by looking for
ones that are cited in other articles. The vast majority of citations in journal
articles are for other journal articles. Let’s walk through an example of finding a journal
article using a citation. Suppose you are reading this journal article
related to a paper or lab report that you are writing, and come across an interesting
sentence. You decide you want to learn more about it,
so you find the appropriate number or citation in the references section. Once you have the citation for the article,
you can search for it using the Libraries Search. Search using the title of the article you
want to find. If there is no article title in the citation,
you can use a tool like Citation Linker to get to the article using the information you
do have. Find Citation Linker at z.umn.edu/citationlinker If you have any problems getting to an article,
ask us! We can help. [lib.umn.edu/help] Books are another type of citation you are
likely to encounter. Imagine that you are looking in the reference
list for the article you were reading earlier and you find a citation which looks useful
for your research. This citation looks a little different from
the last one. It includes the publisher’s name and where it was published, indicating
that you are trying to find a book. To determine whether we own the book, use Libraries Search.
[lib.umn.edu] Hopefully, the book you want is Available,
either in print or online. If you can’t find the book you are looking
for, ask us! We can likely get you a copy. [lib.umn.edu/help] To review: Journal articles have reference lists you
can use to find other relevant articles and books. Use Libraries Search to find articles and
books. If you come across a more unusual situation,
like a different type of citation, or an item that is not available, please don’t hesitate
to contact the libraries. Enjoy the research! And if you have any questions,
ask a librarian.

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