You're almost done with your paper and you realize that you didn't write down all the details about an important source. What do you do?
1. Don't panic. It happens to everyone.
2. Figure out what you do know about the source.
Academic sources are organized according to essential pieces of information: author, subject, title, etc. You can use this information to find the source again. We call these important pieces of information access points.
3. Some access points are more useful than others. Pay particular attention to:
4. Choose a big database like Library OneSearch and search with the information you have to find the source again.
5. Start with the most specific piece of information you have. For books use the book title. For articles use the article title.
6. If trying the title doesn't work, or if you don't have it, try the author. If that search brings too many results, add some keywords or subject terms.
7. If you have a publication date, most search tools allow you to narrow to a specific date range.
1. Check your information again. A few things are easy to mix up:
2. Ask a librarian. We'll do our best to find your missing source.