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How to read a citation: How to Read a Citation

Anatomy of a Citation

You've found a citation for a journal article - great work! But how can you use this to find a print or online copy at the SFC Library?

First, you need to understand all the different parts of a citation. Check out the example below and use the cursor to hover over each part of the citation and see what it represents:
Masi, M. P.
Publication Date
Bach flower therapy in the treatment of chronic major depressive disorder.
Article Title
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,
Journal Title
Volume Number
Issue Number
Page Numbers

Note: different citation styles use different formatting. The above example follows APA citation style.

Finding articles

To access this article in the SFC Library databases, follow these steps:

1) Select the 'Research' drop down menu at the top of the page and then click on the 'Journals' link.


research link

2) Enter the journal title into the search box and hit search.


journal search
3) The results tell you whether we have access to full text articles from that journal, the date ranges you can access and in which database. Click on the database link to search for the article. journal search