Answered By: Diane Cruickshank
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2017     Views: 41

Take a look at the titles on your list. Here's some examples that we have:

Robert Korstad and Nelson Lichtenstein, “Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals, and the
Early Civil Rights Movement,” Journal of American History 75, 3 (December 1988): 786-811

Adam Fairclough. Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000.  Reprint edition. New York: Penguin, 2002.

The first one is a journal title and the second one is a book. Sometimes it is important to know the difference. Here's a bit more of an explanation about APA citations.

Copy the title of the article “Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals, and the Early Civil Rights Movement” (If you copy the title of the journal, "Journal of American History," your search won't work)

Remove the punctuation between the quotation marks but keep the quotation marks themselves. It should look like this: “Opportunities Found and Lost Labor Radicals and the Early Civil Rights Movement”

Paste them into the search box on the library home page.




Hit enter or Find It.

The article, if it is available online, should be one of the top results in the list.


Click on PDF full text to see the whole article.


The second example is a book. You can do the same thing.

Put "Better Day Coming Blacks and Equality 1890 2000" into the library search box. Hit enter or go.



If the item is a book you probably will have to go to the library and get it. Not all books are available electronically though some are. The information, that is circled (the library, the call number and the location), is what you need to find the book.

The image is a good example of needing to know if you are looking for a book or journal article. The first and second result look the same but the first result is the book you are looking for. The second is a book review in a journal.