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AHS 361 - Integrative Physiology

Why citation searching?

Citation searching is important because it allows you to trace research on a topic over time.  It allows you to enter into the "scholarly conversation" about a topic.

  • Use the references in the back of an article to look at research that informs the research of an article in-hand.
  • Use a citation database such as the Web of Science or the "cited by" link in Google Scholar to find research that was informed by the research of an article in-hand.

In Web of Science:

  1. use the  times cited  to trace research forward.  Who has used this research to build their own research?
  2. look at the cited references to trace research backwards.  What research did this researcher think was important?
  3. select related records to find related research based on shared citations.  Who is doing similar research?