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Article Citation, from an Online Library Database, (MLA Style)
This is an article in a scholarly journal. In addition to the journal title, these citations typically include the journal’svolume and issue number. Additional information is provided when the article has been accessed via an online database.
Instructions on how to go about finding this article follow below.
How to Find the Article
To find this article, the first step is to determine if the Sawyer Library owns a copy, or has (online) access to the journal.
This may be done either through
the OPAC, or
with a tool called the “Electronic Journals List,” a.k.a. the “eJournal Locator.”
Ideally, the OPAC will identify all the materials, print and electronic, that the Library owns or has access to. However, access to online journals can change, hence the need for the ‘eJournal Locator.’
Either way, one must SEARCH FOR THE TITLE OF THE JOURNAL.
The Online Catalog (OPAC)
The Electronic Journals List
The Electronic Journals List Quick Search ("eJournal Locator")
The Search Results
In this instance, the search results all point to a single online source (ScienceDirect) which contains the journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin.
The OPAC search results:
The Electronic Journals List / eJournal Locator search results:
Getting from the Journal to the Article
What happens next?
The next step is to follow the link to the suggested database, which contains the journal, and retrieve the article. That process is covered in a separate guide. See the tab labeled "Starting with a Citation and Finding an Online Article, in the guide entitled "Full-Text Journal Articles: How to Track Them From a Citation."
Of importance here is to:
Distinguish between a citation for a book, and a citation for a journal article.
Recognize that when looking for an article in a journal, magazine, or newspaper, it is crucial to first determine if the Library subscribes to that publication.