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Writing 116 (Hothem): Known Item Searching

Writing in the Natural Sciences

Strategies for Locating Articles

Spotty Citation (About the Article)

Look for specific information such as author(s), journal in which the study was published, date of publication, unique words to describe the subject area.

  • If the journal name is given, use the eJournal finder to locate the journal. 
    • Note: This will only locate journals to which the UC Merced Library subscribes.
  • If the author and/or other topic information is given, trying searching a database using those terms. e.g. Google Scholar, Melvyl (catalog), or Web of Science.

Known Citation (Complete information)

1) Favorite short cut -->  Try searching for the article title in Google Scholar.

2) Search for the journal title in the eJournal finder.

3) Seach for the journal title OR the article title in Melvyl.

4) You may be able to find it in a major database IF it belongs to a specific subject area.

Example

Do we have this article by Elliot Campbell? Large historical growth in global terrestrial gross primary production.

It was published in Nature in 2017. 

Using Incomplete Information to Locate an Article