Welcome to the George Mason University Libraries tutorial on locating sources from citations found in references. This tutorial will offer an example for you to follow to find a book from a citation. You are welcome to follow along with your own citation, but if you have trouble finding it, you may want to follow along with the example provided.
Finding Books from a Citation
First, determine what kind of source is represented by the citation you have found. In this example, the title of the book is, "In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief, and a Victim's Quest for Justice."
Return to the Library website, and click on the "Books and More" tab.
Enter only the main title. Do not enter the subtitle (everything after the colon).
Note the location, call number and status. There are several possible library locations. They are, Arlington, Fenwick, Johnson Center, Prince William and the Law Library. If the status says "charged" the book is already checked out. If the status says "not charged" it has not been checked out and should be on the shelf. If an item says, "discharged" it means it was recently returned but may not be back on the shelf yet.
For information about understanding how to read citations, requesting books not available from Mason University Libraries (ILL) or to learn how to request books from other Mason campuses (ICL) see the tutorials below.
Additional Questions and Help
If you have trouble or questions locating books, ask a librarian.
Finding Books from Citationsby Tina M. Adams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.