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How do I locate a book or journal article using a reference or citation?
First, let's dissect that citation!
Here's an example:
Macan, Therese Hoff; Shahani, Comila; Dipboye, Robert L; Phillips, Amanda Peek. "College students' time management: Correlations with academic performance and stress." Journal of Educational Psychology 1990 Dec Vol 82(4) 760-768.
Article title: "College students' time management: Correlations with academic performance and stress."
Article authors: Macan, Therese Hoff; Shahani, Comila; Dipboye, Robert L; Phillips, Amanda Peek.
Journal title: Journal of Educational Psychology
Journal information: 1990 (year) Dec (month) Vol 82(4) (volume and issue number) 760-768 (page information).
Next, let's find the article by searching for the journal title. Search by title in Periodicals for "Journal of Educational Psychology" and click "search." Note that you can search by abbreviation and ISSN number as well.
A new window pops up and provides you with information on this journal. It will look something like this:
Pay close attention to the dates. In this example SMC has the full run of the journal. You can search within the journal in the search box, or you can click on the title link to connect to the database to find your article electronically.
Here's another example:
Sobol, Joseph Daniel . The storytellers' journey : an American revival. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1999.
Dissect the citation:
Book title: The storytellers' journey : an American revival.
Author: Joseph Daniel Sobol
Book publication information: Urbana (city of publication) University of Illinois Press (place of publication) 1999 (year).
Find the book by searching the title in Albert Plus. It may help to place the title in quotes to search it as a phrase.
If we have the book in the library, you'll see a result that looks like this:
Pay attention to "location" and "call #"; this means that this book is located on the second floor of the library, and the call number is 398 So12.