As you read scholarly journal articles, you'll notice that authors mention many other articles. Now and then one of these articles might be really useful for your own research. Using the citation for that article, you can easily find it.
Imagine you are reading an article on the health effects of chocolate. You come to a sentence where the author mentions a past article that interests you: "In one study, subjects received one of three doses of flavanols on the day of tests (Scholey et al., 2010) ..."
How can you find more information on this study? Your first clue is in the in-text citation: (Scholey et al. 2010).
But this isn't much information. It's just a name and a year. That's okay. The in-text citation's purpose is to help us find the full citation in the works cited section (also called a bibliography).
Each in-text citation points to a full citation in the Works Cited or Bibliography section. A works cited section with Scholey's article highlighted looks like this:
We know that this is what the in-text citation refers to because it is the only one for Scholey. If there was more than one Scholey article listed here we would also want to consider the dates.
Now we have enough information to track down the article.
Sometimes we can find an article just by typing its name its author into the QuickSearch search box on the library website:
Then click the title in the search results
Sometimes the article you wish to find will not be available through QuickSearch. In these cases you can use the library's Citation Linker tool.
Start by clicking "Journals by Title" on the library website:
Next, click "Citation Linker":
At the Citation Matcher page, enter the details of the article you want and press "Find it":
If the library has access to the article you search for in this way, you should be brought straight to it.