October 18, 2004

I have a citation, how do I find the article? Getting from Here to There with “Find It”

For scientific journal literature provided online through the Libraries, our E-journals site is the quickest way to get from a known citation of an article to the full text of that article. Starting at a Libraries’ web page will help clarify whether the U subscribes to the journal in question, and ensures that you are prompted for your U Network ID, if necessary to access the resource.

As an example, let’s say you’re trying to find the full text for this article:

Kenyon SJ, Bromley BC. Nature. 2004 Dec 2;432(7017):598-602.

Go to the E-journals site (accessible from the University Libraries’ home page).

You want to find the journal “Nature.” Either search for Nature (use the Exact Title check box to avoid finding other titles which include the word “Nature”), or browse the “N’s” in the alphabetical list for the title. In either case, click the “Nature” title link when you find it.

A page titled “Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service” comes up. For Nature and many other journals, the title is available from more than one provider, so there are several listings on the page. Note the “Availability” in small text below each entry – the available issues may differ between providers.

Once you’ve identified a source, click the link on that entry. This link takes you to a home page for that journal, from which you can navigate to the article you need.

(On the Find It page, a form is provided to enter the particular year, volume, issue, and start page of the article you want. Depending on the particular journal and publisher, entering this information may take you directly to the article. However, this function depends entirely on the structure of the publisher’s web site and is not always successful. If it doesn’t work, try deleting the data from the form and click the link to go to the journal home page.)

If the article you're looking for isn't available through the Libraries online, try MNCAT to look for print holdings of the journal. Trouble? Contact the Bio-Medical Library (4-3260; medref@umn.edu), Magrath Library (4-1212; magrath@umn.edu), or the Infopoint chat and email service at http://infopoint.lib.umn.edu/.

Posted by Kevin Messner at October 18, 2004 1:17 PM