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Cited Reference Searching


Cited reference searching is a way of finding articles that have cited previously published research. Because many databases index each citation listed in a bibliography, it is possible to search the cited references.  You can follow a particular cited reference, or cited author, forward in time to find more current articles that have also cited that author or research.

Searching for cited references is useful to locate current research based on earlier research, see how a particular research topic is being used to support other research, track the history of a research topic, or to track the research of a particular researcher.

The method for doing a cited reference search varies slightly by database platform.   The standard cited author format is last name, first initial.  Some citations include the middle initial, so you may need to search both ways.  If you know the title of the article that you want to search for citations to, add it to your search.