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Searching the Library's Discovery Service Using Citation Information

Once you have read the citation and picked out the essential citation information you need to find the item, we're ready to do a search.  Using the Library's Discovery Tool, the search box on the Library's home page, we can search for both articles and books.

Let's use this citation as an example:

Silva, C. (2008). Miraculous plagues: Epidemiology on New England's colonial landscape. Early American Literature, 43(2), 249-270.

1.  Open the TRU Library home page and select Advanced search.


2.  Enter two pieces of citation information into the relevant search fields.  In this case, we'll enter the title of the article (choosing Title from the drop down menu) and the last name of the author (choosing Author from the drop down menu).


3.  The article shows in our search results.  Click on the title of the article to access it. If available, click on the HTML or PDF Full Text link to access the full text of the article.


4.  If there is no full text link visible, click on "Where can I get this?" The next page will show the locations of the article.


5.  The "Where can I get this?" locations page contains links to the full text of the article, where available. Clicking on one of these links will open the article itself.


6.  If an article has no full text available, you will see the "Request this item through interlibrary loan"link. Clicking this link will take you to an interlibrary loan form, through which you can request a copy of the article to be sent from another institution.