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MGMT 3102 Week 2 Assignment: Home

Understand Citations - Articles & Books

Consider citations as an article or book's address.  

For example, if your friend lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota you wouldn't hop in your car and try to find a specific home in a large city.  The saying "needle in a haystack" comes to mind.  Instead you would ask for the street name and house or apartment number.  

Article citations are similar to home addresses - they include all the components necessary to locate a specific article in a library that has millions of articles.  Just an article title and author's name is like having just the city and state of a house address.  

Article citation example

Example article citation:

Stern, C., & Kaur, T. (2010). Developing theory-based, practical information literacy training for adults. International Information & Library Review, 42(2), 69-74.

Let's dissect these article citation components:

Authors Stern, C., & Kaur, T.
Publication Year (2010)
Title Developing theory-based, practical information literacy training for adults. 
Journal Title International Information & Library Review
Volume/Issue 42 (volume) 2 (issue)
Page Numbers 69-74

Distinguishing an article citation from a book citation is easy.  Book citations do not have volume or issue numbers or page numbers (unless it's a chapter from a book), but they include the location and name of the publisher.  

Book citation example

Example book citation:

Pink, D. H. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York: Riverhead Books.

Notice the lack of a volume and issue number and the inclusion of a city of publication (New York) and the name of the book publisher (Riverhead Books).  This is how you distinguish an article citation from a book citation.

Example book chapter citation from an edited book:

Bennett, E., Berg, S. & Brothen, E. (2010). Maximizing the value of reference data: a case study. In D. Orcutt (Ed.), Library data: empowering practice and persuasion (pp. 183-195). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Book chapters from edited books will first list the authors of the book chapter (Bennett, Berg, & Brothen), followed by the title of the chapter (Maximizing the value of reference data: a case study), and then followed by the rest of the components of a book citation.

Book chapters also include the page numbers where the chapter may be located in the book.  

Author(s) Bennett, E., Berg, S. & Brothen, E
Publication Year 2010
Chapter Title Maximizing the value of reference data: a case study
Book Title Library data: empowering practice and persuasion
Page Numbers 183-195
Publisher Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited

Searching for an article with the citation

Here are the steps to locate an article by journal title and the options to search inside of it: 

  1. On the Library homepage click on Publications.
  2. Type the journal title in the Find journals search box.

    For example: Journal of Educational Computing Research

  3. Click the Search button.
  4. Look for the journal entry on the results page,  The entry will have links to database(s) that have full text coverage, and the years of full-text coverage. 
  5. Click the link for the database that has the year that you need.

    Search Tip: Some databases have a delay on full text access. Pay attention to the years available.
  6. Log in with your myWalden Portal user name and password if you are prompted.
  7. Look for a place to select the year, volume, and issue that you need.
  8. This will take you to a list of all of the articles that were published in that issue. Look through the list until you see the article you want.

    Search tip: If there is a list of years, click on the year to open up a list of volumes or issues, then click on the volume/issue you need. This may look slightly different in different databases.



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