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Finding a Journal Article When You Have a Citation
(Using the Journal Locator)

A citation is a brief description of a resource that includes the information necessary to identify and locate the resource. For journal articles, this information usually includes the article title, journal title, author, publication date, volume, and page numbers. If you already have this information for the article you are seeking, follow these steps:

1) Use the Journal Locator to see if the library has the journal in which the article is located.

2) Search the Journal Locator for the journal title. (Searching for the article title is a common error. This will not work here because you are searching a list of journals, not articles.)

3) Check the results against your citation. If the journal is listed, check that the library has access to the issue you need:

  • Online Journals
    Journals that are available electronically have the dates of coverage listed next to the database link(s). Choose a database that matches the date of your citation. Once you are in the appropriate database, you may need to search for your article using elements from your citation (article title, author, etc.).

    Note: Some links into these databases may not work if you are off-campus. If you are asked for a username and password, note the name of the database. Then, enter the database from the GALILEO homepage so that you can login as an Oglethorpe user. More on off-campus access.

  • Print or Microfilm Journals
    If the results include a link to "Philip Weltner Library Print/Microfilm Holdings," the library owns some issues of the journal in print or microfilm. The link takes you into the journal holdings record in the library catalog.

    holdings record

    In this holdings record for the journal Greece & Rome, the current issues include v. 49 (2002) through v. 51 (2004). Current issues are located on the first floor in front of the circulation area. The Volumes available field always represents bound issues unless you see "microfilm" or "microfiche" listed among the available issues. In this example, v. 47 (2000) and v. 48 (2001) are available in bound format. Bound periodicals are located in the basement. Microfilm and microfiche are located in metal cabinets near the circulation area. All print periodicals are organized alphabetically by title.

4) If the journal is not listed in the Journal Locator, the library does not have the journal. See Interlibrary Services to learn about your options to visit another library or have the article sent here.

If you need any help, please Ask a Librarian.