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Following a Citation Trail

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Many journal articles have something called a DOI, or a digital object identifier.  You can locate the article by entering the article DOI into our Discover tool search box.

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Following a Citation Trail

Being able to interpret a citation is an important research skill. It enables you to track down resources from a reference list found in a course list, in an annotated bibliography, or listed at the back of a book or journal article. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to read a citation to locate a specific item in the TRU Library.

There are three steps in following a citation trail to locate an item.

1. Read the citation to determine if it is a book or an article.
2. Choose the essential citation information you need to locate the item.
3. Use the Discovery Tool to search using the essential citation information.