When you search an index, you get citations. They're often called references, as well.
A citation is a description of an article, including information on where and when it was published.
Journal article citations always include the:
These citations sometimes also include:
The role of a citation is NOT to tell you what's in a particular library, but to tell you what's been published.
Every index has its own way of displaying citations. You'll get used to the format used in your favourites, but at first it may take some studying to recognize what it's telling you.
Below are labelled screen captures of two of the popular index citations: Scholars Portal Journals and Academic Search Elite.
You may notice that a journal article citation contains the same information you include in the bibliographies of your papers. You've already written citations yourself!
For either of these examples there's an option to get a more detailed citation, but this brief description gives you what you need to find the article.
This citation from Scholars Portal Journals shows:
This is a citation from EBSCO's Academic Search Elite - a very popular interface. The citation shows:
Those are the essentials. Then it also provides
An index is a common source of citations, but it isn't the only place to find them.
Consider the citations in some of the following:
Using references like these can help you find useful readings with a fraction of the work.