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Critical Writing Program: Introduction to Research Writing: Research Tools

Multidisciplinary Databases

Subject-Specific Databases

Reading a Citation

article

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

  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American psychologist, 56(3), 218.
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book

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.

  • Peterson, C.  (2013). Pursuing the good life: 100 reflections on positive psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Finding Articles

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


To find the full-text of an article, enter the journal name into the PennText article finder. A pop-up box will give you options to access the article online, in print, or the option to request through interlibrary loan.

Finding Books

If 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. 

You can search for a specific book by title, author, or ISBN. You can also do a keyword or subject keyword search to find books on a particular topic. 


 

Resources for locating books:

Book not at Penn? Request it from another library using BorrowDirect or EZ-Borrow

Subject Guide

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Vickie Karasic
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Keyword Searching Worksheet