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HDSR 488: Senior Capstone Experience: Finding Forward Citations

What are "Forward Citations"?

Usually, you look at the references that an author included when they wrote a particular piece. This is "backward citation searching" because you will only find references that were written and published BEFORE the piece you're reading. "Forward citation searching" allows you to see which things written AFTER the piece you're reading include your piece among their references.

You can do this in Google Scholar

  • Type in the title of the article or book you've found
  • Look for the link to your work
  • Beneath the link, it will often (but not always) say "Cited by __"
  • Your new search should say the name of your work at the top of the list of results.
  • If you have many results and you searched for the title of the book, you can try searching within your results for the chapter title.

Most likely, chapters of books will not appear as separate entries, so you'll have to sort out whether the Citing Work is really referring to your chapter or to some other part of the book.

Google Scholar will give you a link if Earlham has full-text access to the thing you're interested in. If not, you should request that item through Interlibrary Loan - any librarian can help you if you need help with that process.


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