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IEE 594: Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar : Finding a Known Item

Introduction to the ASU Library and literature searching.

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Finding a Known Item: Introduction

Your instructor may give you a reading assignment or you may find citations to valuable articles while researching a topic, so you'll need to know how to find a book or journal article from its citation.   These instructions will show you how to do that. 

Sample Citations

  1. Shepherd, R., Frost, J. D. (1995). Failures in civil engineering: Structural, foundation, and geoenvironmental case studies. New York: American Society of Civil Engineers.

  2. Scott, R. (2001). In the Wake of Tacoma: Suspension Bridges and the Quest for Aerodynamic Stability. Reston, Va: ASCE Press.

  3. Plaut, R. H. (2008). Snap Loads and Torsional Oscillations of the Original Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 309(3), 613-636. doi: 10.1016/j.jsv.2007.07.057

The citations above are written in APA format. For the purposes of this exercise, the titles have been written in "bold" for emphasis; APA format does not normally use bolding in citations.

Finding a Known Item: Using "Library One Search"

Books and journal articles can be found in the ASU Library's "Library One Search" database.    Start at the Libraries' home page (http://lib.asu.edu) and enter the title of the book in the search box.

 

Using quote marks("") around the title will limit results just to items with that exact phrase.  For long titles, entering just the first 4-6 words may be sufficient.  

 

For most searches, as in the case above, the book or article will be the first item in the results list and it will be labelled as either book or journal article, whichever is appropriate.   Sometimes books have been reviewed so searching by the book's title will bring up both the book itself as well as the reviews.   The book itself will have the "book" label (which is the record you want to look at) while the reviews are labelled either as "book review" or "journal article" (ignore these records).    
 

Find a Known Item: Getting to the Full Text

Now that you've seen how to find the item in the Library One Search database, let's look at how to get from the database to the actual item.

  1. Shepherd, R., Frost, J. D. (1995). Failures in civil engineering: Structural, foundation, and geoenvironmental case studies. New York: American Society of Civil Engineers.



    As we saw above, the book "Failures in civil engineering" was the first item in the results list. At the bottom of the record we can see that this is a printed book that is located in the Noble Science and Engineering Library, 3rd floor, and the book is on the shelf (i.e., it's not checked out). Click on this book link to go the ASU Library Catalog to see the record for this item.


    The catalog record repeats the information that the book is located in the Noble Science and Engineering Library, on the 3rd foor and that it is on the shelf (not checked out), however, the catalog gives us the missing piece of information that is needed to find the book on the shelf -- it's call number: TA656 .F35 1995.   The books in the library are arranged by these call numbers, so at this point, go to the 3rd floor of the Noble Science and Engineering Library, and find the TA section, and then the 656 section of the TAs.


  2. Scott, R. (2001). In the Wake of Tacoma: Suspension Bridges and the Quest for Aerodynamic Stability. Reston, Va: ASCE Press.

    For this search we entered just the first part of the title as it seemed rather unique ... "In the wake of Tacoma".   The first four entries in the results list were book reviews that appeared in a journal; the fifth entry was the one we wanted - the actual book itself. 





    In this case, the bottom lines of the entry indicate that there are two copies of this book. The first copy is in print and we've seen from example #1, how to locate that.  The second copy is available online; to see electronic copy of the book, click on the "ebook" link. This link will either take you directly to the full text of the book OR it will take you to a "landing page" from which you may open the book.


  3. Plaut, R. H. (2008). Snap Loads and Torsional Oscillations of the Original Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 309(3), 613-636. doi: 10.1016/j.jsv.2007.07.057

    This is a journal article rather than a book but we'll still be entering in the title; for this search we entered "snap loads and torsional oscillations" in the search box.  The first item in the list was the journal article, which indicated the article was available online. 




    Clicking on the "Journal Article: Full Text Online" link took us directly to the article's "landing page" within the journal.   Although each publisher displays the information differently, if you are not taken directly to the full article, there will be either a link or icon to click on, as is the case here.


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