Journal Articles

List of Articles

A bibliographic citation is a reference that points towards a specific source of information.

A complete citation provides all the pieces of information that you need to track down a source that has been referenced in a paper or been assigned as part of your class readings.

It is important to be able to recognize what citations look like for various types of information sources (e.g. books or journal articles), because you need to use different strategies to locate different kinds of materials.

You can identify common types of citations by the information elements that they contain. While some elements are common to most citations (such as the author/creator of the work and the date of publication), other elements provide clues about the kind of information source that is being cited.

Each type of citation can be formatted in different ways, depending on which citation style is being used.

If your citation has an abbreviated journal title (e.g., Bull at Sci, J. Appl. Econom), cut and paste the title into Google or consult the Science & Engineering Journal Abbreviations list to discover the complete journal title.

Journal Articles

At first glance, journal article citations can look very similar to book chapter citations. In particular, journal article citations also contain two titles: the title of the article and the title of the journal. However, different publication information is given for a journal article.

For example, the table below shows a sample citation in MLA and APA style, and the kind of information it displays:

Citation Elements Item Details Sample Citations
Author(s) Haas, Heather A. MLA Style:

Haas, Heather A. “The Wisdom of Wizards—and Muggles and Squibs: Proverb Use in the World of Harry Potter.” Journal of American Folklore 124.492 (2011): 29-54. Print.

Article Title The Wisdom of Wizards—and Muggles and Squibs: Proverb Use in the World of Harry Potter
Journal Title Journal of American Folklore
Volume Number 124 APA Style:

Haas, H. A. (2011). The wisdom of wizards—and muggles and squibs: Proverb use in the world of Harry Potter. Journal of American Folklore, 124(492), 29-54.

Issue Number 492
Year of Publication 2011
Page Numbers 29-54
Medium of Publication Print

Distinguishing Features

  • The citation includes two titles: the title of the individual article and the title of the journal in which it is published
  • No place of publication or publisher's name is given
  • Instead, the citation specifies the exact volume and issue of the journal that is being referenced

Look It Up

To find journal articles by title, you can use Summon. Type the title of the article in the "General" search box on the library homepage. As with the example below, remember to add quotations to search for the title as a phrase.


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To find journal articles by author, you can use Summon. Type the name of the author in the "General" search box on the library homepage. As with the example below, remember to add quotations to search for the author as a phrase.


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To get the full text of an article. Look for terms like "Link to full text", HTML Full Text, PDF, for example:

Example of full text included in database

IF you don't see a link to PDF or HTML full text, click on theubc elink button button to connect to full text.

On a Topic

There are two basic ways to search for articles on a topic. Searching Summon is quick and easy but has a number of limitations. Searching within specific databases is more time consuming but is also more precise and comprehensive.

General Search (Summon)

Searching Summon is fast and easy but has some limitations. Summon contains content from hundreds of databases which means that it includes articles from most subject areas, however, Summon doesn't include everything so you may be missing out on some articles relevant to your research. Furthermore, Summon lacks many advanced search features that individual databases provide. If you need to do a comprehensive and precise search you should search in specific databases and indexes.

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To find articles in Summon, go to the General tab in the central search box on the UBC Library homepage, and enter your search terms.


To learn about searching in Summon, watch the following video:



Tips for Finding Articles
  1. When results display, use the "Refine your search" menu on the left of the screen to "Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review."
  2. If you have too many results you can add a search term, for example: cooking and culture and mexico
  3. Not enough results? Try fewer or broader terms, for example: food and culture
  4. You can also put exact phrases in quotation marks so that Summon only retrieves articles where the terms occur together, for example: "Global warming"


Specific Search (Databases)

Searching one database at a time can be more time consuming but is also more precise and comprehensive. Some of the advantages of searching within databases include:

  • Databases usually only include content from a specific discipline (E.G. Psychology, Medicine) so you're less likely to get irrelevant results.
  • Databases usually let you search by more specific characteristics, such as journal name, age/sex/gender of subject, research methodology, geographical location of research subjects, etc.
  • The ability to do complex searches

Choosing a Database

To find a database in your subject area, search the Indexes & Databases portal or look at the Research Guide for your discipline or topic. Research guides are written by subject librarians to bring together the best sources on a subject in one place.

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To find the Research Guides go to the UBC Library homepage, choose Get Research Help. In the drop down list, select Research Guides.

Enter the general term for your subject, e.g. physics. You may retrieve more than one guide: choose the guide that seems best for your research, e.g. Engineering Physics

Once inside the research guide, look for a tab labeled Articles or Indexes and Databases or Getting Started. This will provide you with a list of databases you can search for subject specific articles.

To learn more about database searching, go to the Searching in Databases guide.

Full Text Online

  1. Look for terms like "Link to full text", HTML Full Text, PDF, UBC eLink, for example : Finding full text.png
  2. If you don't see a link to PDF or HTML, but there is a "UBC elink" button click on that to see if we have full text. If UBC Library subscribes to the online version of the journal, you'll see this:
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Click on the Article link to connect to the full text. Where no full text is available, click on Search UBC Library Catalogue to find items in print at UBC Library.

3. Try searching for the title of the article in Summon. If the title is generic you may have to put it in "quotations"


4. If you still can't find the full-text of the article, you can go to a library and ask for help or use our Interlibrary Loan Service to get the item from another library.

Course Reserve

Course reserves are learning materials made available by your course instructor. They may include electronic articles, books and DVDs and even websites.

  • Many course reserves are electronic but some materials are only available at the Library.
  • Non-electronic items are made available for a shortened loan period to ensure access for all students.

Course reserves are learning materials made available by your course instructor. They may include electronic articles, books and DVDs and even websites.

  • Many course reserves are electronic but some materials are only available at the Library.
  • Non-electronic items are made available for a shortened loan period to ensure access for all students.

Getting Started

1. Log into Connect

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2. Click on "Library" in the top right navigation

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3. Click on the desired course under "My Course Reserves."

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4. You can also access Course Reserves from any course in Connect by clicking on Course Reserves in the left-hand column.

5. You can add your e-mail if you want to be notified of new course readings by clicking on "Manage E-mail Subscription." and submitting your e-mail. A new notification will be sent every time an item becomes available

Viewing Course Reserve Items

Your list of course readings is in the order submitted by your course instructor. The item list include Title, Author, Call Number (if on physical reserve at your library branch), and Tag.

Clicking on any title will take you to a record with further information about an item. You can connect to electronic items from this page or link to the item record to see if it is available at your library branch.

If your instructor has assigned tags (e.g. "Week 2," "Group 1," "Project 3"), you may click on the tag to limit the list to just those readings. You may also assign your own personal tags to readings. Please note that you must clear the filter to return to the full list of course readings.

FAQ

I get an error message when I log into Connect

You may want to try clearing your internet history or switching to an alternate browser such as Google Chrome. For problems with Connect, please contact the Online e-Learning Support.

When I log into Connect, I don't see my course under the Library tab

There are multiple possible problems:

  • If an instructor has not made any items available for your course using Library Course Reserves, you will not see your course
  • If you have recently been added to a course, please wait until the next morning. There is a delay of one day between new course enrollments and Library Course Reserves
  • If you are not formally enrolled in a course, please contact your instructor to have them add you as an "Auditor" inside of Connect. They may need to work with their departmental IT provider to add you.
I get an error message when I opened a new Library Courser Reserves tab or window

If you have too many Library Course Reserves windows and tabs open, you may start to get error messages. Please close all tabs, log out of Connect, and then log back in.

I get an error message when I click on an item

If there are problems with an electronic resource, please contact your library course reserves branch to let them know. You may also want to let your instructor know as other students could be facing the same issue.

When I click on an ebook or electronic journal article, I get to to the correct database but the item is not available"

If there are problems with an electronic resource, please contact your library course reserves branch to let them know. You may also want to let your instructor know as other students could be facing the same issue.

If you know the specific database or ebook title, you can also contact Library Electronic Resources using their help form. They will respond back to you directly with assistance.

"Direct linking to this resource is blocked" message appears

If you see this error message, there could be an issue with your browser. Certain modes such as “Incognito Mode” in Chrome, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari, and “InPrivate Browsing” in Internet Explorer may interfere with Library Course Reserves. Please disable these while using Library Course Reserves.

Getting Help

The Library provides two levels of support for Course Reserves in Connect:

1. Course Reserves support is provided by the appropriate Library locations and support units.

e.g. For a Biology course, the help tab will direct you to: “Contact your local Library Reserve Staff at Woodward Library: woodward.reserve@ubc.ca”

2. For problems with Connect, please contact the Online e-Learning Support. For problems with the Library Course Reserves application and bug reports, please contact your library branch reserve for assistance.

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:How_to_Find_Articles