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Obtaining Materials  

When you know what you need; here's how to get it.
Last Updated: May 11, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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The tricky part

Finding citations to information you need is not difficult.  The tricky part is often getting the full-text of that information. The libraries are here to help! From books to journal articles to dissertations and more, we can help you get what you need.


Reading Citations Hints

Not sure what you're looking for? Here are some hints to help you decipher citations to determine the source format. If you're still not sure, Ask Andrea or the Interlibrary Loan Department for help.

  • A place name followed by a colon = book
  • If an editor is listed = book
  • "In" in the citation = book chapter
  • Volume and issue number = journal (and the volume number always comes before the issue number)
  • The source (book title or journal name) will always be italicized or underlined and come after the article or chapter title.


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