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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.