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TCC Library: Find an article from a citation

Library "How do I...?"

Welcome to TCC Library "How Do I...?"

Find the information you need. Get your questions answered here.

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Need help? Ask us!

This happens to everyone, and librarians are here to help you track down the information you need!

Need more help? Try using Ask WA, our statewide librarian chat service for reference help. 

Looking for a specific article?

If you have an article citation (like the one below) and want to find that specific article, you can find it several ways:

  • Cook, A., Arter, J., & Jacobs, L. F. (2014). My owner, right or wrong: The effect of familiarity on the domestic dog's behavior in a food-choice task. Animal Cognition, 17(2), 461-70. doi:

1. Look in SuperSearch 

Copy and paste the article title into SuperSearch, found on the Library's homepage (or use the link below). It is often useful to put quotes around the article title to find the exact title you want.  Example: “My owner, right or wrong: The effect of familiarity on the domestic dog's behavior in a food-choice task”. Follow the full-text link in the results to find the full article.

2. Try a cited reference search using our "Periodicals A-Z" tool

Watch this short video going over the steps for how to see if the TCC Library has access to an article from a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper (aka "periodicals")

3. Look in Google Scholar

If the Library's research databases don't contain this article, then search Google Scholar using the same technique - “My owner, right or wrong: The effect of familiarity on the domestic dog's behavior in a food-choice task”.

  • Google Scholar provides full access only to some articles, but it's worth a shot if the Library's research databases do not have the specific article for which you are looking.
Google Scholar Search

4. Ask for help!

If neither of these avenues provide you with the article, ask a librarian for help. You can also request that the TCC Library get the article from another library.

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Library "How do I?" credits

The TCC Library "How do I?" guide is adapted from the Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at Portland State University Library. Several Library "How Do I?" pages are adapted from pages within the Portland Community College Library "How do I" project, as well as the Oregon State University Libraries' Library DIY project.

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