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Finding English Articles

How to Find Specific Journals

If you want to find out if the Library has access to a particular journal title either in print or online follow these steps:

  1. Use the Journals@PLU link located in the navigation bar at top of the library website
  2. Type the name of the journal (for example, Journal of Popular Culture), then click the Browse button
  3. The next page lists the dates ranges & format options (online, microfilm, print) 
  4. Select your desired format:

For Print or Microform materials, click the link to  find the call number (see Interpreting Call Numbers); go upstairs and retrieve the journal

Background Information

Credo Reference is an online tool that provides access to hundreds of background sources covering every major subject.


Interlibrary Loan

What if PLU doesn’t own the book/article you want?

 Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service that allows current PLU  students, faculty & staff to receive books from other libraries. Some things to keep in mind when using ILL: 

Plan ahead!  Articles usually arrive in your email in 2-5 days--books can take 5-10 days 

Books can be picked up on the ILL shelf on the 1st floor.  Just take them to the Circulation desk for check out.

The Interlibrary Loan link can be found either,

a) within the catalog or database, or

b) in the navigation bar at the top of the library website

 Never used it?  Click on First Time Users link

Citation guides and examples

Your professors will require that you correctly cite your sources. The following links will give you guidance on when and how to cite as well as examples of the various forms of citations in common usage such as MLA, APA and Chicago Style.

Assembling a list of works cited

This guide from Duke University gives clear examples of citing different sources in the major citation styles, APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and CSE.

Footnote and Citation Guides

The links from this guide will take you to a wide variety of citation guides, some general some designed to help very specific disciplines.

Tutorials for research success

This link will take you to several brief tutorials on Proper Usage including citing, understanding a citation and how to cite.