Question of the Week: From Citation to Full-Text Article

April 23, 2009 – 7:51 AM

Wait, what’s a citation?

A citation is the information about a scholarly resource: author’s name, title, source (journal or book or whatever), page numbers, year.  It’s the information you include in the bibliography when you write a paper, and it’s the information a GALILEO database will give you when you do a search.

Citation from the results list in an Academic Search Complete search.

Citation from the results list in an Academic Search Complete search.

To be able to find the resource when you have a citation, the most important part is the source.  Usually it’s a journal title, but sometimes we hear from students who get confused because they are searching for a journal when the ‘article’ they want is actually a book chapter, or even an entire book.  Look closely at the description of the source in the citation.

Here the source is an edited book.  Look in the GIL catalog to find it.

Here the source is an edited book. Look in the GIL catalog to find it.

Getting to the article:

If you are already in a GALILEO Database:

  • There may be a direct link to a pdf or an html page of the article.
  • Look for the Find It @ UGA button next to the citation.  Click it and see if a link appears offering full-text of the article.
#7 is available as an html document; to look for full-text of #8 click the Find It @ UGA button.

#7 is available as an html document; to look for full-text of #8 click the Find It @ UGA button.

If you aren’t in GALILEO, or the previous steps don’t work:

If your source is a journal, look up the journal title in the e-journal finder.
ejournal
If your source is a book, look up the book title in the GIL catalog.
book1

Still not finding it?

Ask a librarian for help.  If we don’t have it, we can usually get it for you by Interlibrary Loan in a week or two.

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