I have a citation…..now what?

You’ve all been there.  Read a great article, found some awesome resources in the citation list….but….how can you easily determine if the articles in those citations are in the Fielding library?

We’ll show you two options to help make this task simpler, so you can focus on continuing to read and research.

We’ll walk though our examples today using this citation:

  • Catalano, A. (2013). Patterns of graduate students’ information seeking behavior: A meta-synthesis of the literature. Journal of Documentation, 69(2), 243-274. doi:10.1108/00220411311300066


Option 1: Check Our Access to the Journal First


Why It’s Good:  Most Reliable Method
What You Won’t Like:  Not the Fastest

How to Do It:

  • Identify the journal name in the citation.  In this case, the work is published in the Journal of Documentation.
  • Connect to the library website and click on the link labeled ‘Journal and Book Titles’.
  • Select the E-Journals Only tab at the top of the screen, then set the drop-down menu to how you would like to search.  We typically recommend using the ‘title contains all words’ option as it is the most flexible.
  • Input your search information (this will correspond to whichever search method you’ve chosen) and press search.  Here’s a screenshot of how I would look for this title:
Screenshot of title search.

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  • Your search result(s) will offer three key pieces of information: a) It will tell you whether we have access to the journal, b) You will see the publication dates to which we have full-text access and c) You will see what database stores the journal’s content (sometimes there will be more than one).  Here’s a screenshot of my results:

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  • In this case, we can see that we do have to this journal in a few different databases. We have access to full-text published from 1997-present in the Emerald Management database. Or, we can access articles published between 2001 and 1 year ago in either ABI/Inform or ProQuest Education Journals.
  • Since our citation is for an article published in 2013, we can use any of the databases  to reach the article. Let’s click on ‘Emerald Management 120″.
  • Once you connect to the journal, it’s just a matter of “drilling down” to the volume   and issue you need. This will look different depending on the database, but you will   typically either see a link to ‘all issues’ or the back issues will be listed on the page already. In my case, I need Volume 69, Issue 2 from 2013:

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  •  After you select the issue you need, you can just scroll down until you see the article you want to access.

Option 2: Use Google Scholar via the Library

Why It’s Good: Extremely fast
Why You Won’t Like It: Sometimes it doesn’t link properly

How To Do It:

  • From the main library website click on the ‘databases’ link.  You will need to scroll through the alphabetical list to select ‘Google Scholar’.
  • Copy and paste the full article title into the search box. *Note, most of the time you will not need to put the article title in quotation marks.  However, if the article title is fairly general (i.e. “a theory of management”) or if you do not immediately find a match, try putting quotes around the title and searching again.

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  • On the results page, look to the right of the matching article title. If you see a handy little “Full-Text @ Fielding” link that more than likely means we have the article (remember, occasionally this method won’t work right).

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  • Click on the ‘Full-Text’ link to be redirected to the article within Fielding’s library subscriptions.
  • Ideally, in a few seconds you will then be connected straight to the article:

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Why doesn’t it always work?  Well, this is just an unfortunate reality of indexing millions of digital documents. Most of the time, you will be linked without trouble.  However, sometimes there is an error (either because we don’t really have the article, it was not indexed correctly, etc. etc.).

If you receive an error using this method. the best thing you can do is use Option 1 to check our access to the journal. The great thing about these digital works is that there are always multiple routes you can take to access them.  If one option does not work, test another so you can confirm whether or not we should have the document. If we don’t have access, then you’ll know you can request a copy through interlibrary loan.

Happy (re)searching!

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