Answered By: Research Center Desk
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2016     Views: 20

How do you find an article in the DU Library when you have a citation?  Here are the steps to take, using this article as an example:

Wang, Z., Pascual-Anaya, J., Zadissa, A., Li, W., Niimura, Y., Huang, Z., Irie, N. (2013). The draft genomes of soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle yield insights into the development and evolution of the turtle-specific body plan. Nature Genetics, 45(6), 701-706.

You can either search for the article title directly in the Compass Search on the library homepage (easiest), or find the article by going through the journal online.

To access through the journal, first identify the name of the journal the article was published in.  The journal title is in bold in this example:

Wang, Z., Pascual-Anaya, J., Zadissa, A., Li, W., Niimura, Y., Huang, Z., Irie, N. (2013). The draft genomes of soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle yield insights into the development and evolution of the turtle-specific body plan. Nature Genetics, 45(6), 701-706.

Put the name of the journal in the Compass "Catalog" search box on the library homepage and click red magnifying glass search (or press Enter):

The results will display the journal as an entry (with a journal logo to its left), and will also show whether the library has online access to it. The blue "Access Online" text link will bring up a list of the various databases that provide access to the journal, and the date range available.  You will want to check when your article was published, and choose a database that provides access to articles from that year.  The example article is from 2013:

Wang, Z., Pascual-Anaya, J., Zadissa, A., Li, W., Niimura, Y., Huang, Z., Irie, N. (2013). The draft genomes of soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle yield insights into the development and evolution of the turtle-specific body plan. Nature Genetics, 45(6), 701-706.

Any of the databases can be selected.  I'll choose the first database, ProQuest Biological Science Database, and will click on the blue database title after the words "Full text available at:"...

Note:  If the journal you are looking for is not in the results, we don't have a subscription to it (or there is some kind of typo, double check your spelling).  In this case, you would want to submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article.

If you are off-campus when you click on the link to go into the database, you will be asked to log-in before you are taken to the page with the details about the journal.

The page for each journal will look different, but generally you have several options at this stage.  The first is to use a search box to search within the journal.  Search for the name of the article, which is bolded in the example:

Wang, Z., Pascual-Anaya, J., Zadissa, A., Li, W., Niimura, Y., Huang, Z., Irie, N. (2013). The draft genomes of soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle yield insights into the development and evolution of the turtle-specific body plan. Nature Genetics, 45(6), 701-706.

 

The second option is to use the archives of past issues to locate the volume and issue the article was published in.  The year published and the volume and issue numbers are in bold in this example:

Wang, Z., Pascual-Anaya, J., Zadissa, A., Li, W., Niimura, Y., Huang, Z., Irie, N. (2013). The draft genomes of soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle yield insights into the development and evolution of the turtle-specific body plan. Nature Genetics, 45(6), 701-706.

When you arrive at your article, look for the option to view or download the article, often it is a PDF icon:

If you have any trouble locating an article by citation, you can always Ask Us for assistance.

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