The traditional format for a journal article citation is:
Kristin Collins, A Short History of Sex and Citizenship: The Historians' Amicus Brief in Flores-Villar v. United States, 91 B.U. L. Rev. 1485 (2011).
Distinguish this from a chapter in a book:
Kay Deaux & Brenda Major, A Social-Pscyhological Model of Gender, in Theoretical Perspectives on Sexual Difference 89 (Deborah L. Rhode ed., 1990).
Also be sure to distinguish from reports, many of which can be found on the Internet:
Office of Mgmt. & Budget, Exec. Office of the President, OMB Bull. No. 99-04, Revised Statistical Definitions of Metropolitan Areas (MAs) and Guidance on Uses of MA Definitions (1999).
One easy way to distinguish reports from journal articles is that the titles should not be italicized if cited correctly. However, many authors incorrectly italicize them, so keep this category in mind if you're having trouble locating a source.
Bibliographies are great because they do a lot of the work for you, by providing citations to articles and books on a particular topic. Bibliographies are often published as articles, so you can search for them in indexes or full-text databases using subject or keyword searching.
Class Example: Find a bibliography on the Industrial Revolution.
If the journal you want is not available online, do not despair. A BU library may still have the journal available in print.
Class Example- You need to find the following citation: David V. Forrest, The Eye in the Heart: Psychoanalytic Keys to Vietnam, 5 Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology 259 (1982).
Class Example: Find citations for articles discussing International Development.
For Other Disciplines:
Use Mugar's Research Guides page to find an index in a relevant discipline.
Class Exercise: Your professor is interested in the history of the entail in England. (HINT: Think about the fields you want to search)
If you know the title of the journal, you can find it by searching the catalog on the library home page. Once you enter the journal name in the title box, matches will appear that inform you of the databases that contain that journal and the years contained.
Class Example: You want to find an article from the Iowa Law Review.