Find a Specific Article or Book

When you need to find a specific article or book, having some citation/reference details are helpful.  When you have details for a specific item, you can usually quickly determine if it is available at the library.

Reading Citations

Most citations or references share a few basic details: Author, Title, Date.  Articles will usually have additional details including both article title and journal title as well as volume and issue.  Some article citations may also list a PMID or DOI.  PMID and DOI are unique numbers assigned to specific articles to make them easier to find.  Here are three sample citations that show these features.

Journal Citation:
Rose, L. (2011). Interprofessional collaboration in the ICU: how to define? Nursing in Critical Care, 16(1), 5-10.

Journal Citation with PMID or DOI:
Speroff, T., Ely, E. W., Greevy, R., Weinger, M. B., Talbot, T. R., Wall, R. J., et al. (2011). Quality improvement
projects targeting health care-associated infections: comparing virtual collaborative and toolkit
approaches. Journal of Hospital Medicine: an Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, 6(5),
271-8. doi:10.1002/jhm.873

Book Citation:
Marino, P. L., & Sutin, K. M. (2007). The ICU book (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Finding a Specific Book

  1. Search the Library Catalog.  Use the Title Search for books when you know the book title. (LibGuide on How to Search the Catalog)
  2. If the Library Catalog does not find the book, you can also search our E-Book collection. (LibGuide on How to Find eBooks)  Some additional non-health sciences titles are findable in the E-Book collection.
  3. When the Library does not have the book you want in any format, order it using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad.

Finding an Article with a PMID or DOI

  1. Type the PMID into a PubMed search box.
  2. A Google search for the DOI will (99% of the time) retrieve the article: the DOI can be pasted or typed into the Google search box. If the full text is not available online, then search the library’s e-journal list to see if we subscribe to the journal, or use the PubMed Single Citation Matcher.
  3. When the Library does not have a subscription to the journal, request a copy using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad.

Finding a Specific Article (without PMID or DOI)

One quick way to find an article, when you already have the citation details, is to use the PubMed Single Citation Matcher.  There are a variety of other ways to find specific articles, including the library’s e-journal list, Browzine, or the Library Catalog.  The steps for using the Single Citation Matcher are below.

  1. Enter information such as author, year, and start page into the PubMed Single Citation Matcher.  Often fewer details are better than more here.
  2. If PubMed matches the citation to the abstract successfully, click the HSC Link button near the top right corner of the screen to check for library full text access.  (See step by step directions for full text)
  3. When the Library does not have the journal you want, order a copy of the article using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad.

Remember, you can Get Help from the on-call librarian on weekdays, 10 am to 4 pm, and also from the liaison librarian for your school.  Contact us for help!

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