Answered By: Jennifer Paris
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2018     Views: 2449

For the most part, journal articles DO NOT have call numbers.

A library call number is a unique identifying system to allow easy location of a physical item (book, DVD, map, etc.) in the library. Here's an example of a library call number at Miracosta: BF76.7 .P83 2010

In a few libraries, print journal titles may be assigned a call number for easy location in the print periodicals section - but in most libraries, journals are simply arranged on the shelf in alphabetical order by the title of the journal (eg. New England Journal of Medicine is shelved in our print periodicals collection under N). In those cases, no call number is assigned because it's not needed.

Some journal articles (but not all) do have a unique identifying number assigned to them, called a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). APA, MLA and Chicago documentation styles use the DOI (when one is available) to cite an article that has been retrieved online (from a database or web site). To learn more about DOI's, visit the DOI web site. For instructions on how to cite using DOI's, see the MCC Library's citation guides or Purdue OWL Writing Lab.

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