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ENG W230: Writing in the Sciences

This is a course guide for all sections of English W230.

4 Methods to Find an Article's Full Text from a Citation

1.    When you have found a promising source in a print bibliography or footnotes, the foolproof method for getting access to the full-text is to check the Citation Linker found on the library's home page under Resources > Tools. Fill in as much of the citation as you can, but be sure to include either the journal name, ISSN (international standard serial number -- the journal's ID), DOI (digital object identifier) or PMID (unique identifier from PubMed).

2.    Another method is to search for the Journal TITLE in the Electronic Journals List (search box below). Do not search for the article title, do not waste your time searching JSTOR or other databases.

Search for Periodical Titles

Example of a Journal Citation (text in bold=title you want to search)

Fine, M. (1988) ‘Sexuality, Schooling, and Adolescent Females: The Missing Discourse of Desire’, Harvard Educational Review 58(1): 29–53.

3.    If you are using Google Scholar to search, be sure to set up the "Library Links" option through Settings so that the "Find it @ IUPUI" option shows up. That way, when you run across article citations, say from ResearchGate or other sites, you'll be able to tell immediately if IUPUI can give you access to the article through our subscriptions. 

4.    If we don't have access to the full-text of the journal, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to obtain journal articles at no cost to you. Delivery of most documents is done electronically via e-mail. See infographic below for steps to have the ILL request form automatically populate (fill in) for you.

Citation Chaining

Citation chaining is the name for a process in which you use an information source to find other work that is cited within the first source (backwards chaining) or cites to the first source (forward chaining). 

Below I included a YouTube video on how citation chaining works in Google Scholar. Keep in mind that you should never have to pay for an article while you are at IUPUI. See "Finding the Full-Text of an Article" for how to access Interlibrary Loan. In this video, look for a "fluff word" that the researcher uses when searching.

Web of Science is a database that has a Citation Map feature that allows you to create a visualization of the citation chain for an article or information source. Here's a video that explains to use this great feature: