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 the Specific Book

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

Finding an Article with a PMID or DOI

  1. Visit the Library Link page:
  2. Copy and paste the PMID or DOI into the search box.
  3. Library Link will then create a direct link to the article if it is available online.
  4. When the Libraries do not have an electronic subscription to the journal, check the Library Catalog for a paper copy then request a copy online using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad.

Finding the 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 E-Journal system, the Library Catalog, and the Single Citation Matcher.  The steps for using the Single Citation Matcher are below.

  1. Using the citation details enter several into the Single Citation Matcher site.  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 Libraries do not have the journal you want, order a copy of the article online using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad.

Remember, you can Get Help from the on-call librarian during normal business hours as well as Saturday afternoons.  Contact us for help!

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