Understanding Citations and Finding Items: Finding Items -- Basics

Now that I can read a citation, how do I get the item I'm interested in?

Many of the citations you encounter in research databases (like ProQuest and JSTOR) will be accompanied by full text or by a find it@VU button:

If the full text is there, great!  Use it.  But if you only see a find it@VU button, click on it to see your options for getting the item:

(The find it@VU button isn't perfect, so knowing whether something is a journal article, book, or book section can be handy even when you have find it@VU.)

 

But what if . . . ?

  • there isn't a find it@VU button?

    See the "Finding Items -- Advanced" tab on this guide.
     
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  • I've searched in Acorn or DiscoverLibrary, and I'm still not sure how to find the item?

    See the "Finding Items -- Advanced" tab on this guide.
     
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  • I'm still confused?

    Ask a Librarian!