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These databases will help you find scholarly articles about your topic.
Covers all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education, and educational specialties.
The American Psychological Associations's (APA's) comprehensive database/article search for psychology and its specialties.
NLM's public access version to Medline, the premier database for biomedical literature.
Covers sociology, case work, demographics, policy studies, political science, family studies, feminist studies, and social security programs.
Why use this guide?
This Critical Writing Program guide will help you to:
- Read a citation
- Find books and articles using citations and keywords
- Choose the best scholarly resources for your topic
- Get personalized assistance!
How to Read a Citation
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.
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.
Using Citations to Find Resources
This document suggests a good method of crafting effective keyword searches:
Getting Physical Books
First, use Franklin to identify the book's call number.
Van Pelt Stack Directory
If your book is in Van Pelt Library, this chart will tell you the floor and side of the building in which you can find it. Just match the beginning of the call number with the letter or number on the chart.
Reading Call Numbers
If you are not familiar with the Library of Congress call number system then this table will explain how you can find an individual book once you have found the part of the library that has items in that call number range.
Locations of Penn's libraries
If the book is in "LIBRA"
If the location of the book is listed as "LIBRA" then click on the "Request" link located to the right of the book. It will be shipped to the library you choose in one or two business days.
More Citation Help
To learn more about citation management and how to organize your citations see these guides: