Wednesday, 11 February 2015

How to Find a Specific Journal Article

Has your lecturer given you a reading list including specific journal articles? Or have you found references to journal articles that you think would be helpful for your assignment or dissertation? Finding a specific article requires a different approach to finding articles on a topic.

Let's say we want to find the following journal article:

Delany, Ed (2000) Strategic development of the multinational subsidiary through subsidiary initiative-taking, Long Range Planning 33 (2), 220-44.

From the library website, choose SearchAll - Library Resources.

Enter the first few words of the article title, i.e. strategic development of the multinational subsidiary in the search box. A link to the full text of your article should appear in the first few results.

Occasionally SearchAll won't find the article, even when DIT Library Services does subscribe to it.

In that case, enter the title of the journal (not the title of the article) in the search box
on the library's homepage and choose Journal Title from the dropdown box.
This will link you to the catalogue record(s) for the journal, which indicates whether the journal is available in print and/or electronically, and provides a link to the electronic version of the journal in which the article you're searching for is published. You can then browse to the specific volume, issue number and page that you're looking for.

Of course, if you're looking for articles on a topic, rather than a specific article, you should use the Library Databases. See the Business Subject Gateway, the Law Subject Gateway, or the Media and Journalism Subject Gateway for information on relevant databases for your subject area.