After hearing or reading about a study or article in the news, you may want to follow up by locating a copy of the publication. This post will outline three approaches for locating a specific study or article when you don’t have the full citation.
As an example, last week the following article introducing UC Davis researchers and their ground-breaking work was reported on the UC Davis School of Medicine website: “Alzheimer’s-causing amyloid and bacteria trigger same immune response in the brain.”
The article was published in the journal, Cell Host & Microbe. So, let’s use the Library’s databases and licensed resources to locate the article.
If you are interested in quickly jumping to the article, it is available to UC Davis students, staff and faculty in full text. Though, not all journal articles are available in full text.
Tükel C, Wilson RP, Nishimori JH, Pezeshki M, Chromy BA, Bäumler AJ. Responses to Amyloids of Microbial and Host Origin Are Mediated through Toll-like Receptor 2. Cell Host & Microbe. 2009;6(1):45-53.
If you would like to join me in locating the article, then read on.
Note: In order to access the article from off campus, students, staff and faculty should login to the VPN (Virtual Private Network) with their Kerberos username and password. If you are on campus or logged into the VPN, you can access the article via UC-eLinks.
Three Routes to Locating the Article:
We had a few clues from the UCDMC website, including that the study was published this past week in Cell Host & Microbe, along with the names of the authors. Our options include searching for the article in PubMed; searching the catalog to see if UC Davis subscribes to the journal or contacting a librarian for assistance.
To access the PubMed database, use the Pubmed icon link on the Health Sciences Libraries website (upper left side of the page) to reach the licensed version which includes the gold UC-eLinks with the UC Davis options for accessing the print version or the full text of articles when available.
1. PUBMED’S ADVANCED SEARCH:
Searching Pubmed using the Advanced Search, we should be able to pull up the article using some combination of the bibliographic details (author, date, journal, article, volume, etc.). Once we locate the article, we’ll use the gold UC-eLinks button to see if the online version of the article is available for UC Davis. Yes, this article is available online. In the case that a journal or volume is not available, students, staff and faculty may request articles using the ordering options on the Library’s home page or from the UC eLinks page to receive the article via interlibrary loan/document delivery.
View the PubMed abstract. The gold UC-eLinks button will only be present if you access the library’s databases via the Library website or through the VPN & Library website.
2. USING THE HARVEST CATALOG TO SEE IF WE SUBSCRIBE TO THE JOURNAL:
Search for the Journal title using the drop-down menu option, Journal/Series Title begins. Once you locate the journal, use the online icon/link to reach the UC-eLinks page with options for getting the article online. Articles may be available in PDF and HTML versions. If we do not subscribe to the journal, students, staff and faculty can order the journal online from the Library’s home page or from the UC-eLinks page to receive the article via interlibrary loan/document delivery.
3. ASK A LIBRARIAN FOR ASSISTANCE:
Are you are logging in from off campus?
Students, staff and faculty, can access the licensed databases and journals using the VPN (Virtual Private Network) and your Kerberos username and password.