Monday, September 23, 2013

Library Highlights: Finding a Specific Article in the Library

Imagine this scenario:

You have an article that you read about and would like to use it in an assignment but you don’t know if the library has the article. This posting will explain how to determine if a specific article is available in the library.

For this example, I want to find out if the library has the following article:
Ritter, F., Fiebig, M., & Muhar, A. (2012). Impacts of global warming on mountaineering: A classification of phenomena affecting the Alpine Trail Network. Mountain Research & Development, 32(1), 4-15. doi:10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-11-00036.1

To find a specific article:

  • Go to the library’s home page (
  • Click on the Journals A-Z Tab (in the center of the screen)
  • Click on the Online Journals link
  • On the right hand side of the screen, you will see the following:
  • Type in as much about the article as you know (you must at least enter the journal name).
  • In this example, I can put in the article title, journal name, year, volume, and issue number. I can also put in the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number to find the article as well.
  • If I put in the DOI number and then select Find Article, I get the following screen.
  • I can click on any of the links to access the article electronically.
  • For this example, I will click on Read full text at EBSCOhost Environment Complete.
  • When I do that I get information about the article and on the left hand side of the screen is the PDF link for the full text of the article.
      If the article is not available in the library, you would get the following screen. You would then need to order the item through Interlibrary Loan by clicking on the link Request from Interlibrary Loan.
      If you need additional assistance with finding an article, please stop by the Reference Desk in person, call us (301-687-4424) or e-mail us at

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