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Decoding your citation

image of references list from an academic journal article


Above is the beginning of a list of references from a peer-reviewed article. We are going to use the highlighted citation, also copied here:

Bandura A. (1977). Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological Review, 84, 191-215.

Step one is to figure out what type of information this citation is pointing to. This one is to a journal article in a publication called Psychological Review.

Journal Search

The next step is to look up the name of the Journal to see if we subscribe to it, and if we do, what years and in which databases we have access. For this, we will use the Journals search on the library home page.

This search will locate the journal (if we subscribe to it) in one or more of our databases:,contains,psychological%20review&tab=jsearch_slot&vid=01CUNY_HC:CUNY_HC&offset=0&journals=psychological%20review

Accessing the databases

You can see that this journal is available from 1894 in two different databases, APA PsycARTICLES and APA PsycNET:

Since our article is from 1977, you can certainly find it in either of the above databases. Simply select which one you want, log in with your NetID and password when prompted, and access the article.

InterLibrary Loan

If we don't have online access to the journal/article in question, the next thing to do is request it via InterLibrary Loan. Here's a short video tutorial on how to request something through our InterLibrary Loan service, ILLiad: