Find a Source Again
- Don’t worry. This happens to everyone.
- Figure out what you do know about the source. Academic sources are organized in some consistent ways: by author, subject, title, etc. You can use these pieces of information to find any source again. We call these important pieces of information access points.
- Some information about your source is very helpful when you’re searching. Pay particular attention to:
- Publication date
- Subject words
- Try searching from the options below:
- Start with the most specific piece of information you have. For books, that will be the book title. For articles, the article title.
- If the title doesn’t work (or if you don’t have it) try the author. If that search brings too many results, add some subject terms.
- If you have a publication date, most search tools will let you narrow to a specific date range.
That didn’t work! What now?
Ask a librarian. This happens to everyone and librarians are here to help you track down the information you need.