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4.3 Locating Your Source in the Library


When you don't find a needed source on the Internet or in a disciplinary database, a citation can be used to find the source somewhere else, typically in a library. The source for discovering what a library owns and where they keep it is a catalog.

The library catalog is a database of everything a library owns; but its records don't include article titles, and rarely include chapter titles. So, don't search for article or chapter titles. Search for book, journal, magazine, or newspaper titles.

Do's and Don'ts   Sample
Sample periodical citation   Lowry, Atherton C. (1994) "A Challenge to Contemporary Religion: The Question of Eternity " American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, v68 n4 529-543
Don't search the library catalog for ...   "A Challenge to Contemporary ... " the article title. With what you have already learned about citations, you know where the article is published; it's in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, so ...
Search the library catalog for ...   American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. This will tell you whether the library can provide access to the journal and where it's shelved. When you get there, you will be looking for volume 68, number 4, 1994.
Module 4
4.0 Objectives
4.1 Citations
4.2 Reading Citations
4.3 Locating Your Source
4.4 Not in the Library?
4.5 Library Organization
4.6 Library Classification
4.7 Self-Quiz

Using items from the last exercise, in the quiz below, see if you can tell which element you would search in a library catalog.

Searching/Finding Self-Quiz




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