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Campus Library FAQ: How do I find an article by citation?

Frequently asked questions at the UWB/CC Campus Library

Find a cited article

There are several ways to go about finding an article via the UW Libraries website. However, the process is easiest when you have the article's citation handy -- which identifies the author's name, article title, and journal title.

Before beginning your search, remember to login to your UW Libraries account. You can login from the Campus Library homepage by clicking the Quick Links box in the upper right corner and selecting Your Library Account. Then enter your UW NetID and password.

1. Start by locating the UW Libraries Search tool on the Campus Library home page. Type the article's full title in quotes in the search box.

UW Libraries Search Box

Tip: if searching for the article title doesn't pull the right result, try searching for the full journal title instead.


2. Once you locate the correct article in the search results, click on "Online Access" or “View Online” to see options for how and where the article may be accessed.

View Online section of article record

Tip: If the article is available electronically, a list of corresponding databases or websites will appear. If the article is not available, a "Request an article scan" option may appear instead.


3. If applicable, click one of the databases listed to be redirected to the article within that resource. Look for full-text indicators like Adobe PDF icon or UW Libraries Full Text icon to download or locate the article full text.

Results page for an article from Elsevier Science Journals, featuring a PDF full text link


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