To find an article, we need to know a little about citations. Article citations are separated into components:
The author name
The article title
The journal that published the article
The volume and issue of the journal where you can find the article
The year of publication
The page numbers
In some cases, the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or permalink – this is a link to the article on the internet that won’t break over time
These elements are present in almost all article citations, regardless of style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc). You can use them as indicators to show you the most direct path to the article you want to read.
In the article given to me by my professor, the citation elements look like this:
(1) Denning, Jeffrey T. (2) “College on the Cheap: Consequences of Community College Tuition Reductions.” (3) American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, (4) vol. 9, no. 2, (5) 2017, (6) pp. 155–188.
Notice that my professor didn’t give the DOI for the article – they want me to find it with my amazing library searching skills.