Finding “known articles” via the SFU Library

The next few posts under the Library category are going to be classic posts from my old Publishing blog.  Here we are with the first one.

One of the most popular questions from students at the SFU Library reference desk is how to get the article from a citation found in a bibliography or elsewhere.  Here’s an example to illustrate the general process of finding a “known article” at the SFU Library.

Our example:

Mickey, Bill. “How Revenue Models Are Evolving for Online-Only Publishers.” Folio: The Magazine For Magazine Management 41, no. 10 (December 2012): 8-53.

How would you go about finding that article if there weren’t a link right to the online article?

  • Go to the SFU Library Catalogue and search for the Journal Title for Folio: The Magazine For Magazine Management.  Note that your results will include descriptions of both our online holdings and print holdings, or in this case the microform (!) holdings of this title for 1982 – 1988.
  • To get more details on the years of this title that we have online, click on the version that has [electronic resource] at the end of the title, i.e. Folio [electronic resource].
  • Click on the link in the catalogue record to get into our electronic journal management system. In our example:   Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management is 2000-01-01 to current from Business Source Complete (BSC) – EBSCO
  • Choose the option that has the issue you need. In this example there’s just the one option, but often there are more. Always scan the dates before you choose a source, as some have an embargo on recent issues, or don’t cover the right year. In this case there is just the one option in Business Source Complete (BSC) – EBSCO, and it does cover 2012, the year wanted.  If you are working off campus, you’ll need to enter your SFU ID and password at this point.
  • Browse or search for your article. In this example you can select year 2012 and then issue December.

As a general rule of thumb, always start with a journal title search in our catalogue if you are searching for a specific article. All of our online and print titles are listed there. See the guide From Citation to Article for further information.

And don’t forget that if we only have it in print at one campus, we will gladly send a copy of the article to one of our other campus  libraries for you. To do so, find the record for the print edition in our catalogue and Request the article (see instructions)  to start this process.