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Decoding Search Results

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Script of Video:

We have a bibliography here of three sources you might find in a database.
We’ll look at each one, discover what they are and how to find them.

What are the parts of this first entry?
There's an author, title in quotation marks, name of a journal, volume and issue numbers, year of publication, and page numbers.
Aha! Citation to a journal article.
How do you find it?
You look up the article title in Summon or look up the journal title in the catalogue.

What are the parts of the second entry?
There's an author, a title, a place of publication and a publisher’s name,  followed by a year of publication.
This is a citation to a book. How do you find it?  
You look up the title in either Summon or the catalogue to get its location and call number or a link if it's an e-book.

What are the parts of this third entry?
There's an author, a title in quotation marks, then another title, and place, publisher, and year, and page numbers. This is some wild mash up of a journal and a book citation.
What gives? The key element here is the name of an editor. This is a citation to a chapter in an edited book.
How do you find it?
You look up the title of the edited book either in Summon or the catalogue to discover the location and call number, or a link if it's an e-book.

Now you know how to identify and find the three most most common sources in a search. A journal article; a book; a chapter in an edited book. Good luck!