Answered By: Research Center Desk
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2020     Views: 46

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.

First, try searching for the article title directly in the Compass Search bar on the library homepage

Your article should come up as the first result. To access it, click on the green "Access Online" text link which will bring up a list databases that provide access to your article.

Clicking on one of the blue database titles will take you to your article's landing page. You may have to enter DU credentials into the library proxy login that appears to access the article. If your article does not come up when you search for the title, then try searching for the article's journal in compass.

To search for 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 search box on the library homepage:

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 green "Access Online" text link will bring up a list of the various databases that provide access to the journal.

Once you have pulled up the database list you will want to check when your article was published and choose a database that provides access to articles from that year. Click on the the blue database title to be taken to the journal landing page. You may have to enter DU credentials into the library proxy login that appears. 

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.

The page for each journal will look different, but generally you have two options at this stage.  The first is to search for the article within the journal.  Most database will have a search bar or a link labeled "search within this publication." Simply put the article title into the search bar and it should pull up your article. 

 

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 click on the correct journal issue you will be taken to a page with entries for all the articles published in that issue. Simply scroll through the results until you find the correct article. If you have any trouble locating an article by citation, you can always Ask Us for assistance.