Need help finding sources

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    I keep seeing sources (mostly technical/scientific papers, sometimes books) cited using only the author(s)' name(s) and the year of publication. Anyone know how I can track them down when Google doesn't bring it up?
     
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    have you tried any other search engines??

    google sucks
     
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    Yea, this is an issue for me too sometimes. I usually track down the author and get a copy direct from the source.
     
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    Well if the work is Published the Authors name should bring it up, unless the book or article or author have nothing on the internet. And yes try another search engine.
     
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    I don't know what the work is.

    EG: It has been observed that x (Skinner, 1987b)..


    How the fuck am I supposed to track something down with that? It's a giant migraine, I tell you. No first name, no title of the paper, no journal name... just a last name, a year, and sometimes a letter. 'Smith 2007a' tells me NOTHING :evil:
     
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    Kinda hard when you only have a name like Johnson or somethin', though :doubt:
     
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    so your trying to track a work by author and year of publish?
    i would think Amazon might have it listed if it was published
     
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    Actually sounds like notes of a bib. from something, they may only have published a short paper or been cited in someone else's paper.
     
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    this sounds like references to a contributor in a scientific journal. in that event you could go to the journal's website. with the author and the year, you can find their article (if the website is as effective as, say, jbc's.). if the shit's not archived online, then you have to write to them for a transcript. i doubt universities still have gopher systems with the internet now, but that is how i had to do it just 12 years ago.
     
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    definitely a journal contribution. footnotes should expand on which journal i would think. if not, it is probably in the same one which the current article is in. ie if your ref to skinner is in the biochem journal and they dont specify journal of biology, then it is probably in the biochem journal.
     

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