What are citation trails?
If you’re working on writing a paper, chances are, you’re also looking for a ton of relevant articles that might help with your research. Citation trail is an exploration tool, which allows you to discover relevant materials and resources that may not come up in a search result list. It also helps you discover what other researchers are looking at.
How can you use citation trails to support your research?
You can follow a citation trail by looking at what other researches have cited. For instance, an article might be cited by other researches (moving forward), and this might help you in finding more current and recent articles.
If we take a look at this article and scroll down to view “citations”, we would be able to “find sources citing this or sources cited in this”:
If we wanted to find sources that have cited this article, and we would click “find sources citing this”. It should take you to this page, showing 3 other articles also using this source.
You could also refer to the bibliography/works cited section to see what the author of a particular paper has cited (moving backward; or source mining). We can do so by clicking “cited in this”, to find sources and articles mentioned.
As the results might not be comprehensive or reflect the bibliography in its entirety, you could always look at the Reference section of an article instead (as taken from The Safety of Ingested Caffeine: A Comprehensive Review):
Save your searches
You can always save your searches using the little thumbtack icon on SUSS Library’s website in your search results (on the upper right corner of the results), or use a citation management machine like Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote.
Remember that plagiarism is a serious offense, and you must always cite your sources.
You can use a citation generator, or a citation management machine like Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote to generate your citations for you. Remember to manually check if the citations are correctly generated, and all the necessary information (e.g. author(s) name(s), title, year of publication, etc.) are present.
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