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Finding Full Text: Journal/Magazine Citations

How to find full-text when starting from a citation

Finding Journals Articles

So, you've found an article citation and you want to get the entire article. What do you do? Where do you go to find the article? You will need to find a copy of the journal.

Students taking all distance learning classes (and, therefore, are assumed to not have easy access to ISU's campus) during a semester can request that Interlibrary Loan send them physical materials owned by ISU's Cunningham Memorial Library. Some materials, such as DVDs and reference materials, do not qualify.

Journal Definition

Journals  are a type of periodical.

Periodicals are publications that are published periodically, that is, daily, weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, etc. These include magazines, newspapers, journals, and, more rarely, a few book series. Periodicals are sometimes referred to as serials.

The latest research is published in journals. Many journal articles cover specific, advanced topics. It can be difficult to find simple, basic information in journals. Nowadays, most journals have a web site that allows viewing of the table of contents and summaries of articles.

Journals are very important to the sciences. Most new research is published in a peer-reviewed journal rather than in a book. The peer review process adds credibility to the research as papers have been reviewed and approved by experts in the field. This does not eliminate all distribution of false theories or bad research but it helps to cull the herd.

In contrast, scholars in the humanities may publish their research in either a journal or a book.

Journal/Magazine Citations

MLA Style


Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.


Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.

APA Style

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Chicago Style

  ¹Firstname Lastname, "Title of Article," Title of Journal, volume number (Year): pages.

Lastname, Firstname. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, volume number (Year): pages.

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