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Writing 101 (Webb): Locating Articles from Citations

Writing in the Disciplines: Psychology

Example for Class

Gruber, R., Somerville, G., Bergmame, L., Fontil, L., & Paquin, S. (2016). School-based sleep education program improves sleep and academic performance of school-age children. Sleep Medicine, 21, 93-100.

Finding Known Items

Known item searching refers to finding a specific article, either based on a citation or title.

Article Level Strategies

1.  Look for the article title in Google Scholar For full-text, try clicking on the article title OR look under More for UC-eLinks/ Get it at UC.

2.  Look for the article title in UC Library Search.  Look for the green Available Online link or request form.

3.  Look for the article title in a major database in the article's subject area.  * This can be a little bit like a needle in a haystack!!

4.  Look in regular Google.  You may be able to find on the web IF someone has posted it.

Journal Level Strategy

5. Look for the journal title in the Journals tab.  Search for the journal title in the Journals tab on the library home page search box.  See if the journal is available. Is the date you need available? If so, drill down to the correct volume and issue number.

Excercise

I found the following citation in an article, and I want to find it to read for my research. Do we have access to the PDF?

Tsai, L.-L., & Li, S.-P. (2004). Sleep education in college: A preliminary study. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 99(3): 837848.

Which method did you use to see if UC Merced has access to the above article?

Google Scholar: 26 votes (74.29%)
UC Library Search: 9 votes (25.71%)
Total Votes: 35

Are you able to access the full-text (PDF) of the article?

Yes: 36 votes (97.3%)
No: 1 votes (2.7%)
Total Votes: 37