Answered By: Mary Ann Cullen
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2018     Views: 86

First of all, it's always best to go to the original source for your citation information, so of course you're going to promise to get all your citation information next time so you won't be in this predicament again, right?  But this is an emergency, so what can you do?

Well, for books, DVDs, and other items in the GIL-Find catalog, look up the item in the catalog to the point that you get to the information about the item you used. (See the example below. Librarians call this the "item record.")  All the information you need to create your citation will be in the item record, except for page numbers and possibly information about individual chapters.  

Item record in catalog shows title, author, citation information, and a citation generator.


The catalog also has an automatic citation generator that will give you a formatted citation in a variety of citation styles.  As shown in the image above, just click on the citation icon, choose the desired citation style, and copy to clickboard. (Be sure to double-check the formatting of these citations because they often contain formatting errors.)

For articles and other items you located in research databases, you can try to find the item again.  Of course if you remember how you got the article, you can just recreate your search. You might also try searching for the title of the article in GALILEO Discover or the database where you located the article.  

If these basic strategies don't work, you can try to locate the journal by going to the Journal Search, then follow the links to get to the database containing that journal and search for the article there.

Once you locate the same article, you can use the citation information within the database to create your citation. Many databases also contain a citation formatting tool -- Again, remember that computer-formatted citations often contain errors.

If none of the above works, contact a librarian. Librarians are experts at tracking down articles with only partial information.

More information:

How to find Citation information video tutorial (3:21) 

How to use Journal Search (starts mid-video)

~updated 12/5/18 mac

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