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With a citation, how to find a journal article

Given the citation for a journal article, how can you find a print or online copy?

First you need to understand the various parts of the citation. Roll over the various parts of the example journal article citation below to see what each one is.

Delson, N. J.
Authors
(2001).
Publication Date
Increasing team motivation in engineering design courses.
Article Title
International Journal of Engineering Education,
Journal Title
17
Volume Number
(4),
Issue Number
10-13.
Page Numbers

Note that different citation styles use different formatting. The above example follows APA citation style.

Now, search for a Journal Title in the Library Catalogue. For example:

search a journal title in the catalogue

You may also refer to the video clip 'Decoding Search Results' below for details on how to find a journal article given a citation.

See also: With a citation, how to find a book.