WHAT IS CITATION CHASING?
Citation chasing is a great way to expand a search for articles on a subject. The Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science defines citation chasing as “A legitimate research technique in which the bibliographies of works already located in a literature search are examined (“mined”) for additional sources containing further information on the topic. The process can be facilitated by using a citation index.”
Citation chasing can be done in two directions: backwards in time by finding sources cited within a research article – often listed in a bibliography or references section – or forward in time by looking for sources that cite the article itself.
This module will guide you through both types of searches using a series of very short video tutorials. Use the links at the top of the page to access the research tools shown in the tutorials. If you have questions about citation chasing, contact Judy Mishriki in the library or at email@example.com.
Use the controls at the bottom of each tutorial in YouTube to enlarge the video or to view with captions.
IMPORTANT! Before using Google Scholar, set it up to access the full articles available through Penn State University Libraries by following these quick and easy VIDEO or PDF directions.
ESSENTIAL VIDEO TUTORIALS
Topic Searching in Biological Abstracts(2:49 min.)
OTHER HELPFUL VIDEO TUTORIALS
What is a Scholarly Journal Article? (2:56 min.)
How to Recognize a Scholarly Journal Article (1:54 min.)
How to Access Penn State Library Databases (1:16 min.)