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Communication 422: Communication Theories: Looking Up a Cited Item?

Looking Up a Citation?

If you have found (or been given) a book or article that is very relevant for your topic, review the list of references (the resources used by the authors). Some of these cited works may be helpful to you also. To find cited books or articles, where you look depends on what it is:

Is it a book (or book chapter or government document or videorecording)?

  • Search Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" scope for the title or author. To find a chapter in a book, look for the BOOK's title. Put titles in quotes, as for a phrase, e.g., "war and peace"
  • Search other UW libraries using Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW System)" for the title or author. If it's at another UW library you may be able to request that it be sent to your UW-Whitewater campus library for your use (see the tab in this guide on borrowing materials from other libraries).

Is it an article (in a journal, magazine, or newspaper)?

  • Find Journals
    Search for a particular journal, magazine or newspaper by its title. The UW-Whitewater libraries have access to thousands of titles, some online and some not.

What Am I?

To try to find items in a reference list you've found, you need to know if the reference is to a book or an article. How can you tell from the citation?

BOOK (note place & name of publisher)

Bagdikian, B. (1977). The media monopoly. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.


ARTICLE (note volume & page numbers)

Chambers, T. (2001). Losing owners: Deregulation and small radio markets. Journal of Radio Studies, 8, 292–315.


BOOK CHAPTER (note place & name of publisher, plus the word "In")

[NOTE: In this example, the first title is the CHAPTER title, which is "In" the BOOK title.]

McDowell, S. D. (2000). Globalization, local governance and the United States Telecommunications Act of 1996. In J. Wheeler, Y. Aoyama, & B. Warf (Eds.), Cities in the telecommunications age: The fracturing of geographies (pp. 112–29). London and New York: Routledge.