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Finding Journal Articles

Interpreting citations, finding peer-reviewed journal articles and locating relevant guides to assist in locating journal articles.

Interpreting Citations

If you have a reference to something you would like to find, the easiest way to determine whether or not it is a journal article is to see if the citation has more than one title. In this case, one will be the article title and the other will be the journal title. This may also be the case with some monographs which are a collection of essays. However, these will be easily distinguishable by the nature of their title.

Citations for journal articles will also include volume numbers. The Beginning Research guide includes a thorough explanation of the elements of a citation in the 'identify' tab.

There are a number of tools for managing references. Check out the Managing References guide for advice on selecting citation-management software and related issues. The Referencing tab in the New Library Users guide also provides useful information.

It is worth knowing the referencing style used by your department upon commencing research so that you don't have to waste time reformatting later. Here is some information regarding referencing:


This is where you can find out more about reference management software:

Software applications and tools

re:cite is a referencing tool which provides examples of citations for both those within the document and in the reference list including detailed instructions for a variety of reference types and styles based on examples such as journal articles with one or two authors or articles with a doi. Referencing styles included are APA, Harvard, Vancouver, Chicago, MLA, AGLC and Cambridge (art history). General style notes are also available.

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Here is the format of a journal-article citation in some of the most frequently-used styles as it appears in the bibliography/reference list:

APA:                   Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of article. Name of publication, Volume(Issue), pp-pp. 

Harvard:          Author Year of publication, 'Title of article', Name of Publication, Volume, Issue, Page numbers.

Chicago:           Author. “Title of article.” Title of Journal volume number, issue number (year): page numbers of article

Vancouver:     Author. Title of article. Title of Journal. Date of publication;Volume(Issue):Page numbers.

MLA:                 Author . "Title of  Article". Journal Name  volume number. Issue number  (Year of publication):  page number(s).Print.

AGLC:               Author, ‘Article Title’ (Year) Volume Journal Title Page Reference

This information was obtained from Re:cite. Note that articles with multiple authors will be cited slightly differently.