Last Updated: Jun 19, 2024     Views: 13

Finding articles that cite each other is sometimes called "citation chaining" and is a good strategy for finding out what researchers are saying about a topic. Once you have found an article that is relevant to your research, there are several tools that will help you find additional ones. 

1. Search Google Scholar for your article. Below the article, you will see a link to Cited by and the number of times the article has been cited by others. In other words, this feature pulls together all of the articles that make reference to your article, giving you an idea of how other researchers have used this publication. Clicking the link will take you to all of those sources.

The number of times an article has been cited by others MAY be an indication of its impact on a topic, but realize that for very recent articles, there may not be many publications that have cited it yet. Make note of when your article was published.

Next to Cited by is a link to Related articles. These are articles that Google Scholar is suggesting may be of interest to your, based on its internal algorithms.

Screenshot of Google Scholar result with Cited by and Related articles links.









Be sure to set your library links to Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library in Google Scholar settings so that you'll have full text access to articles within the library's collection. See below for an FAQ on how to do this.


2. In Summon, look for a similar feature below the items in your search results. Cited by brings you articles within Summon that cite your article. Cites brings you the articles referenced in your article that are indexed by Summon. The Related articles feature which will provide you additional articles related to your first one.


3. Many of the library's databases have similar features. Terminology varies, but look for Times cited, Cited by, Recommended articles and so on for additional ways to locate relevant articles.


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