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Finding an Article or Book from a Citation: Finding Specific Items

How to decipher references you find to other items that are mentioned in footnotes, bibliographies, endnotes, etc. - AND how to track those items down.

Now that you know what you're looking for, how do you find it? This is called a "known item search" in librarian-speak. It is very different from a subject search or browsing.

If you have questions or would like some assistance at any point, contact a librarian.

FOR A JOURNAL ARTICLE OR JOURNAL:

  1. Try a general Internet search.
    For a journal or conference article, the author may have made it freely available. Search for the article title.
    For a journal that you want to browse, it may be Open Access. Search for the journal title or ISSN.
  2. Check the CU Library list of ejournals. Search for the journal title.
  3. Search the Library catalog, BobCat, to see if we have it in print. Search for the journal title or ISSN.
    Follow this link for tips on Using the Library Catalog.
    If we have it in print, use the Library Item Request Form to request a specific article or the table of contents for specific issues of the journal.
  4. If the CU Library doesn't have what you need, use the Library Item Request Form to request a specific article.
  5. To check for access from NYPL, follow this link.

FOR A BOOK OR BOOK CHAPTER

If you have questions or would like some assistance at any point, contact a librarian.

  1. Search the Library catalog, BobCat, to see if we have the book online or in print. Search for words in the title combined with the author's name or for the ISBN.
    Follow this link for tips on Using the Library Catalog.
    If we have it in print, use the Library Item Request Form to request a specific chapter or essay.
  2. If the CU Library doesn't have what you need, use the Library Item Request Form to request an interlibrary loan.
  3. To check for availability at NYPL, search the NYPL catalog.

 

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