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Research Guide for Preparing a Literature Review

Thanks and Acknowedgment

Thanks to Linda Blake, whose excellent Scholarly Metrics and Geography 455 LibGuides were the sources for this page and used with her permission.

Why Citation Searching?

Citation searching allows you to:

  • Go forward in time with the topic by looking at articles citing a key article. 
  • Go back in time with the topic when you read articles cited in the key article. 
  • See the importace of the key article by seeing how many times it's been cited.
  • See chronological peaks and valleys for the topic of the key article by looking at the dates it has been cited.
  • Identify institutions and geographic locations for the topic through an examination of who is citing the key article.

Citation searching goes beyond finding papers on your topic; it's a means of finding related information and of evaluating the importance of a single article.