Finding a Specific Article


If you want to know whether the NU Library has a specific article, the most reliable way to check is to search for the journal that the article is published in.

This tutorial helps you practice how to use the library’s Journal Title Search to find a specific article.

Use the “Prev” and “Next” buttons at the top to navigate through the tutorial.

Reading Citations

Let’s say that you have the following citation, which is in APA format:

Carrier, S. J. (2007). Gender differences in attitudes toward environmental science. School Science and Mathematics, 107(7), 271-278.

What is the title of the journal?

What is the volume and issue number?

Journal Title Search (1/2)

On the library homepage to your right, click on the arrow to the left of the main search box and choose the Articles tab, then Journal Title Search.

Journal Title Search should now appear to the left of the main search box.

Journal Title Search (2/2)

Type the name of the journal into the search box:

School Science and Mathematics

Then click Go.

Looking at Search Results

If we own the journal, you’ll see a page of results with links to the databases where you can access the journal, as well as the date ranges for each.

How many results did you get?

Accessing the Full Text (1/5)

Look at the date ranges for each of the full text links.

Which database link has full text for the article you’re looking for?

Remember, the citation for the article has a publication date of 2007.

Accessing the Full Text (2/5)

NOTE: In this step, you will click on a link that opens in a new window. When that happens, close the window and continue with the tutorial.

Click on the Full text from Education Research Complete link.

This will take you to the journal’s page in the Education Research Complete database.

If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your NU email address and password.

Accessing the Full Text (3/5)

From here, you can browse to the issue that your article is in.

Remember, the article is in Volume 107, Issue 7.

  1. Look for the section labeled All Issues on the right side of the page.
  2. Click on 2007.
  3. Click on Vol. 107 Issue 7 – Nov2007 to access the November 2007 issue.

Accessing the Full Text (4/5)

Once you have accessed the November 2007 issue, you will see a list of seven articles.

What number in the search results is your article?

Remember, you’re looking for “Gender Differences in Attitudes toward Environmental Science” by S.J. Carrier.

Accessing the Full Text (5/5)

Underneath the citation information for your article, you will see the following icon:

PDF icon

Click on the PDF Full Text link to access the full article as a PDF file.

Now, let’s move on to another practice exercise.

More Practice (1/5)

In some databases, such as LexisNexis, you will need to search for your article within the journal instead of browsing to it.

Let’s look at an example of that. Here is another citation:

Plourde-Cole, H. (2010). Back to Katz: Reasonable expectation of privacy in the Facebook age. Fordham Urban Law Journal, 38(2), 571-628.

More Practice (2/5)

Use your browser’s back button to return to the library homepage.

If Journal Title Search does not already appear to the left of the main search box, click on the arrow next to the main search box and choose the Articles tab, then Journal Title Search.

Type the journal title into the main search box:

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Then click Go.

More Practice (3/5)

NOTE: In this step, you will click on a link that opens in a new window. When that happens, close the window and continue with the tutorial.

There should be only one search result.

Click on the Fordham Urban Law Journal link.

More Practice (4/5)

This will take you to a page in LexisNexis where you can search within the selected journal.

You will need to search for your article using the author and/or title.

  1. Near the top of the page, you should see a search box with the heading Academic Search.
  2. Type the title of the article into the search box, with quotation marks at the beginning and end: “Back to Katz”.
  3. Click the Search button.

More Practice (5/5)

You will be taken directly to the full-text of your article.

Important: The library has many different research databases, some of which look different from one another. Searching for articles through each will be a different process.

Ask a librarian if you need help!

Interlibrary Loan

If your article is not available from the NU Library, you may submit an interlibrary loan (ILL) request and we will try to find the article for you from another library.

From the library homepage, click on Research at the top of the page.

Then click on Interlibrary Loan to access your ILL account and submit a request.

Congratulations! You have completed this tutorial.

If you need any more help, please contact us!