Students often ask us for help locating the full text of articles, and this is one of the more complicated questions to answer, as our journal collections exist in multiple electronic packages, as well as various print formats. This exercise will allow you to practice locating journal articles from a citation.
When a student brings you a journal citation, it will look something like this and include the following information:
Sometimes, students will bring you a handwritten partial citation without all of the information. You will need all of this information to find the right article, so ask the student where they found it, or use Google to figure out the complete citation.
First always search the article title in Hope Primo. In many cases you can easily find the article there. However, if your first search does not clearly bring back the article, proceed to this next step to check for sure if the library has the article.
From Hope Primo, select "Journal Finder" Use this tool to search for the title of the Journal that the article is published in (not the article itself!).
Tips: 1. this search engine can be unforgiving, so make sure you don't have any typos.
2. If the journal title you have is abbreviated here are some tools to help you figure it out:
a. JABBR - enter the abbreviation into this online tool to see a list of possible expansions
b. Periodical Title Abbreviations - located right behind you on the Ready Reference Shelf
c. Ask a librarian! And, we'll help you decipher things.
The results will tell you if we have coverage of that journal, and what dates we have coverage for.
The Available Online option will lead you to a screen that looks like the following, detailing which different databases/subscriptions through which we have access to that journal and from which dates:
While the View Journal Contents option will lead you to our Browzine Product. This will show you the most recent issue we have for a journal and allow you to browse back through the last few years to specific articles.
Clicking this link will take you back to our Journal Finder tool (some titles will go directly to this screen instead of through Browzine).
If it looks like we have coverage for the date that you need, select one of the electronic resources that provides it. Once inside the resource, you will either see a browsable list of issues, from which you can browse your way to the article you need, or you may spot a search box where you can type in part of the article title to bring up the full text.
If you don't see electronic coverage for the title you need, look to see if there are options in Print form. This shows that we may have print coverage for that article, either in print/bound form or on microform/microfiche.
Again, compare the coverage dates to the date of the article you need and see if they overlap.
Magazines and Newspapers
Occasionally, a patron will approach us needing to locate a magazine or newspaper article. These searches are very similar to locating a journal article, with a few differences.
Are you unsure about the differences between journal, magazine, and newspaper articles? You should know the difference, because students will ask! Here are a couple of videos that give you an overview of the topic:
Citations for book chapters will look similar to those for a journal article with a few notable differences:
When searching for a book chapter, search for the Book Title (Not chapter title!) in PRIMO.