When you need to find a specific article or book, having some citation/reference details are helpful. When you have details for a specific item, you can usually quickly determine if it is available at the library.
Most citations or references share a few basic details: Author, Title, Date. Articles will usually have additional details including both article title and journal title as well as volume and issue. Some article citations may also list a PMID or DOI. PMID and DOI are unique numbers assigned to specific articles to make them easier to find. Here are three sample citations that show these features.
Rose, L. (2011). Interprofessional collaboration in the ICU: how to define? Nursing in Critical Care, 16(1), 5-10.
Speroff, T., Ely, E. W., Greevy, R., Weinger, M. B., Talbot, T. R., Wall, R. J., et al. (2011). Quality improvement
projects targeting health care-associated infections: comparing virtual collaborative and toolkit
approaches. Journal of Hospital Medicine: an Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, 6(5),
Marino, P. L., & Sutin, K. M. (2007). The ICU book (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
One quick way to find an article, when you already have the citation details, is to use the PubMed Single Citation Matcher. There are a variety of other ways to find specific articles, including the library’s e-journal list, Browzine, or the Library Catalog. The steps for using the Single Citation Matcher are below.