Monday, April 18, 2011

Need help finding a specific article? Here's how!

Did you find a great article? Are you having a hard time finding it in the library? Here are some ways to see if the Palomar College Library has full-text access.

First, find as much information about the article as possible. Make a note of the article title, the article author, the journal or magazine title, the date or volume/issue number, pages etc. The more information you have, the easier it will be to find the article. It will also make it easier to cite late on.

If you do not have all the citation information, try using Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/ to find the missing information. (In some cases, Google Scholar might link directly to Palomar databases. See Scholar Preferences for more information http://scholar.google.com/scholar_preferences ).

Once you have the full information there are two ways to look for the article:
  • Use the List of Periodicals to see where we have full text- in print or electronically in a database. Use the title of the journal or magazine when searching this list. Use date or volume information to find the article in print or in a database

  • OR use the Periodicals Citation Linker. Enter all the citation information you have (you must include a periodical title or ISSN) and click "Look Up."

If you have any questions, please speak to librarian at the reference desk or use the Ask Us Now service to chat with one online, http://www.palomar.edu/library/libraryhelp.htm

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