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Critical Writing Program: What Drives Engineering - Spring 2020: Overview

Hitting the Brakes

Using Citations to Find Books

nondescript old book coverIf your citation is a book, use Franklin, the Library catalog. Franklin will help you find the library in which the book is located, and the call number.

Other important resources for finding books:


Using Citations to Find Articles

PennText article finderIf you have a complete article citation, or even just a journal title, you can use the PennText article finder on the Library homepage.

If we do not have access to a book or journal article in any format, use interlibrary loan to request a copy from another library


Scholarly Databases

How to Read a Citation

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Book citations generally show a publisher and a city of publication. Book chapters will include the title of the chapter as well as the name of the book.

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Article citations have a journal/periodical title in addition to the article title. They will usually also show a volume and issue number, and may show a day and month.




Keyword Searching

This document suggests a good method of crafting effective keyword searches:

Engineering Librarian

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