How do I find an article if I have the citation?


If you have a citation for an article that you would like to find, use this step by step guide that walks you through the process.

Let's start with our example citation:

Boksem, M.A.S., & Smidts, A. (2015). Brain responses to movie trailers predict individual preferences for movies and their population-wide commercial success. Journal of Marketing Research, 52(4), 482-492.

Begin at the Journals tab on Wallace Library's homepage and enter the title of the journal in which your article was published. 

So for our example citation, we will be looking for the Journal of Marketing Research. 

Journal search box searching for Journal of Marketing Research


Once you've entered your journal title and clicked search, you will get a page similar to the screenshot below. If you get no results or if the journal you are seeking does not show up, the library does not have access to the journal and you may submit a request through interlibrary loan

Using our example citation from above, I want to click on the title Journal of Marketing Research.

Screenshot of the journal page showing the articles available for each issue. Archive of articles allow you to navigate to the year, volume, and issue of the article you seek.


Now we need to navigate to the correct issue in which the article was published. To do that we identify the year, volume, and issue in our citation.

Using our example citation,  I am looking for an article that was published in 2015, volume 52, issue 4. 

Screenshot of the journal page with the year, volume, and issue highlighted to demonstrate how to narrow down your results to the article you seek.


Now that you've navigated to the correct issue in which your article was published, you can scroll down until you see the title of the article. Click on the PDF button to download the PDF of the article. 

Screenshot of article level information. Click on the download PDF to get the full text of the article.


If you have any difficulties, please contact a librarian.

  • Last Updated Mar 16, 2020
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  • Answered By Kelly Faulkner (she/her)

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