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College Writing: Dreams & Nightmares

Finding Articles

Reading the bibliographies of a good article or book can be very helpful.  But how do you find one of the sources listed? 


If your citation looks something like the one below, then it's an article.  (Hint:  You know it's a journal article if you see volume/issue/page #s.)

   Morrow, P. ‘‘Those Sick Challenger Jokes.’’ Journal of Popular Culture. 20.4 (1987): 175-84.

Finding it

  •    Look up the title of the journal in the WU catalog (Note:  Look up the journal title, which is in italics, not the "article title," which is in "quotation marks.")
  •    If the journal is available electronically, click the "WUSTL full text" link, and check if we have access to the year you need
  •    If the journal is available in print, read the rest of the journal's record to see if we have the volume/issue you need


​If your citation looks something like the one below, then it's a book.  (Hint:  You know it's a book if you see a city and a publisher/press)

   Framing Monsters: Fantasy Film and Social Alienation; Bellin, Joshua David; 2005, Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press.

Finding it

  •    Look up the title of the book in the WU catalog
  •    If we don't have it, click on the MOBIUS button to find it in another Missouri library

Google Scholar

Look for and click the “Get It! @ WU” link next to each result, not the article title. Use the "Get It! @ WU" link to get the full text via the Libraries’ subscriptions. If you don't see a "Get It! @ WU" link next to a result, try clicking on the title. Sometimes, Google Scholar will link to the library resource that way.

Goggle Scholar

Boolean Operators

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