Finding Full Text Articles from Citations


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 an article 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 Full Text

Imagine you have found citations in the bibliography of a source you are working with or in online literature search results. How will you locate the article or book?

  1. First, determine what kind of source is represented by the citation you have found. In this example, the publication name is the Journal of Policy History , so this is a journal article. Some journal titles will not include the word "journal" in their name, so another way you can tell that this is a journal is that the citation includes a volume and issue number (in this case 21 is the volume number, 1 is the issue number.) and 3-37 denotes the page numbers.

    Sample Article Citation
  2. Click on the "Articles & more" tab above the search box.

    Library home page
  3. Find "Search for electronic journals and publications". Enter the title of the journal in the search box and click "Submit". You may use a journal from a citation you have or use our example, Journal of Policy History.

    Ejournal Search Box
  4. Identify the dates of coverage you need. In the example citation, the publication date is 2009.

    select WRLC catalog
  5. Locate the resources in the list provided to access the publication for the date when your article was published. In this case, all of the resources include coverage dates that will give you access to the 2009 article. Note that the different resources will use different interfaces.

    Date Range
  6. Click on the link to Cambridge Journals Online.

    Date Range
  7. Locate the specific article from the publication's record in the resource you chose. If you are accessing the resource from off-campus, you may need to login with your Mason username and password to get access. Then browse the listings until you find the correct date, volume and issue.

  8. Or, use the search box provided

    Cambridge Search

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Other Related Tutorials

To learn how to request articles that are not available full text online from Mason Libraries see these tutorials about making requests from WRLC and using Interlibrary Loan.

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Additional Questions and Help

If you have trouble or questions about finding the full text of articles, ask a librarian.

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Finding Full Text Articles from Citations by Tina M. Adams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.