Finding Scholarly Books
Finding Scholarly Journal Articles
Finding Popular (News and Magazine) Articles
Getting the Full Text of Articles
To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:
- If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.
- If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.
- If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.
Following Citation Trails
Once you find a good source, scan the citations in the bibliographies to see what sources the author(s) are citing. They are likely citing some other (older) books, articles, etc. relevant to your topic. To do this...
- Browse the bibliography at the end of your article, chapter, or book.
- If you discover a citation in the bibliography that looks promising, type the article title or book title in Encompass Search on the library homepage to locate the source in our library or to request a copy from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).
Once you find a good source, it may be helpful to look for other books and articles that cite the source in their bibliographies. A more recently published book or article using your good source could also be relevant to your topic. To do this...
- Check the database where you discovered the source for a "Times Cited in this Database" link.
- Click the link to see the more recently published sources citing your source in the database you're using.
- If you discover a citation that looks promising, you may be able to get the full text in the database or by using the Check for Full Text buttons to look for full text in other library databases. If no full text is available, request a copy from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).
- Type the article title, book title, or book chapter tile in Google Scholar.
- Look for the "Cited by" link just below the description of the source.
- Click the link to see the more recently published sources citing your source.
- If you discover a citation that looks promising, you may be able to get the full text by clicking the link in Google Scholar. If the full text isn't available (e.g., no link or you're prompted to log in or pay), type the article title or book title in Encompass Search on the library homepage to locate the source in our library or to request a copy from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).
Citing Your Sources
APA, Chicago, and MLA Styles
Citation Guides (Muhlenberg College)
Examples of APA, Chicago, and MLA Styles
Need Help with Your Research?
Social Sciences Reference Librarian