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SOCY 122: Introduction to Academic Library Research

Course guide library research tutorial

Specific Journal or Article

In the course of your research you will undoubtedly come across articles you want to locate through the reference lists or bibliographies in the course textbook, encyclopedias and other readings you may have done. A reference to an article has two titles: title of the article and title of the periodical (journal, magazine or newspaper) in which the article is published. The following is a sample citation in ASA (American Sociological Association) style:

Waldfogel, Jane. 1997. “The Effect of Children on Women’s Wages.” American Sociological Review 62(2):209-17. 

In this citation, the title of the article is “The Effect of Children on Women’s Wages” and the journal it is published in is American Sociological Review.

When you have a citation to an article you want to locate there are a variety of options for locating it:

  1. You can search Summon by placing quotation marks around the title of the article and adding in the author's name and title of the periodical if necessary (or just copy and paste the entire citation into Summon).  
  2. You can search QCAT for the title of the journal/magazine/ newspaper in which the article appears (but not for the title or author of the article) by performing a Journal Title search.

journal title search in qcat for American Sociological Review

3.  You can also use the Journals search on the library homepage to determine whether or not Queen's library has a subscription to the journal you are looking for:

journal search from home page

From the Library Homepage, select Journals in the More Search Tools area, enter the name of the journal (ex. american journal of sociology) in the journal title box and using the drop down option, choose Title begins with instead of the default, title keyword. Click Search:

journal search

If the library has a subscription, the search results (which take you into QCAT) will provide you with options for accessing the journal - either in print, or online, depending on the subscription:

qcat record for journal search