When you are supplied a citation for an article, book, or other source in a bibliography or your professor's syllabus, you'll need to parse and understand the parts of that citation to be able to find it.
Shaw, K., Holbrook, A., & Bourke, S. (2013). Student experience of final-year undergraduate research projects: An exploration of research preparedness. Studies in Higher Education, 38(5), 711-727. doi:10.1080/03075079.2011.592937
- Authors: K. Shaw, A. Holbrook, and S. Bourke
- Publication date: 2013
- Article title: Student experience of final-year undergraduate research projects: An exploration of research preparedness
- Journal title: Studies in Higher Education
- Volume number: 38
- Issue number: 5
- Page range: 711-727
- Digital object identifier: 10.1080/03075079.2011.592937 (not all articles have DOIs)
How do we know this is a journal article?
The appearance of two titles (article and journal), plus the volume and issue numbers show this is a journal article. Sometimes the date will include a month or season. The article title may appear in quotes. In place of the DOI, some citation styles list the source database where the article was accessed.