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Peer Reference Assistants Training Guide

Use a Citation to Find the Article Full-Text

Sometimes you'll need to help someone find the full text of an article when all they have is the citation. Use the following citation to follow the steps to locate the full text of the article.

Avila, A., Ford, C. and Hamra, R. (2005), “Library training day: developing an effective academic library student training program”, Library Mosaics, January/February, pp. 18-19.

  1. First, you'll need to identify the name of the periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper) in which the article is published. In the example above, the periodical is called Library Mosaics.
    • Tip: As of January 2019, the names of periodicals appear in italics in the three major citation styles (APA, MLA, and Chicago). So, look for the italicized title in reference citations. The title of the article usually appears in quotation marks.
  2. Then go to the library's homepage at and select the "Find a Specific Journal" link. Search for Library Mosaics.

  1. Next, check to see if the library provides access to the year and specific issue. In the example above, the article was published in 2005 and appears in the January/February issue. As you can see below, the library provides access to issues of Library Mosaics from 1993 to 2005 in print here in the library and through 6 subscription databases.

  1. Once you've confirmed that access is available for the year needed, locate the title of the article. In the sample citation above, the title of the article is “Library training day: developing an effective academic library student training program”. Type the first 3 or 4 words of the title into the "Search within publication" box with quotations marks.

  1. Your results should now include the article information with a link to the full text. 

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