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Tips & Tricks:
Backward and Forward
Reference Searching
By Kristy Padron, MLIS
FAU Libraries
Backward Reference Searching
 Start with an article of interest.
Backward Reference Searching
 Examine the articles listed in the references or works cited.
Backward Reference Searching
 Search for articles through the FAU Libraries home page:
www.fau.edu/library (FAUNet ID log...
Backward Reference Searching
 Web of Science can be also be used to access some of the
references used in articles.
Forward Reference Searching
 Start with an article of interest.
Brief Record & Times Cited
Forward Reference Searching
 Use Web of Science to find articles that cite that initial articl...
List of Articles That Cite an Initial Article
Forward Reference Searching
 Use Web of Science to find articles that cite ...
Brief Record & Times Cited
Forward Reference Searching
 Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) can also do the same.
Google Scholar – List of Citing Articles
Forward Reference Searching
 Links are provided to get access to the article.
Forward Reference Searching
 To see articles when off campus, logon to Off Campus Connect on
the library home page, then ...
Is a full article not available?
 Use Interlibrary Loan to request the full text of an article.
For assistance, contact your
campus library!
 FAU Libraries Home Page:
www.fau.edu/library
 Ask-a-Librarian:
www.askalib...
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Tips and Tricks: Backward and Forward Reference Searching

This presentation shows how to start backward and forward reference searching (also known as chain searching, pearl growing, or citation mining), and how to use Web of Science, Google Scholar, and FAU library resources to locate articles found in reference searching.

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Tips and Tricks: Backward and Forward Reference Searching

  1. 1. Tips & Tricks: Backward and Forward Reference Searching By Kristy Padron, MLIS FAU Libraries
  2. 2. Backward Reference Searching  Start with an article of interest.
  3. 3. Backward Reference Searching  Examine the articles listed in the references or works cited.
  4. 4. Backward Reference Searching  Search for articles through the FAU Libraries home page: www.fau.edu/library (FAUNet ID logon required).
  5. 5. Backward Reference Searching  Web of Science can be also be used to access some of the references used in articles.
  6. 6. Forward Reference Searching  Start with an article of interest.
  7. 7. Brief Record & Times Cited Forward Reference Searching  Use Web of Science to find articles that cite that initial article.
  8. 8. List of Articles That Cite an Initial Article Forward Reference Searching  Use Web of Science to find articles that cite that initial article.
  9. 9. Brief Record & Times Cited Forward Reference Searching  Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) can also do the same.
  10. 10. Google Scholar – List of Citing Articles Forward Reference Searching  Links are provided to get access to the article.
  11. 11. Forward Reference Searching  To see articles when off campus, logon to Off Campus Connect on the library home page, then return to Google Scholar.
  12. 12. Is a full article not available?  Use Interlibrary Loan to request the full text of an article.
  13. 13. For assistance, contact your campus library!  FAU Libraries Home Page: www.fau.edu/library  Ask-a-Librarian: www.askalibrarian.org/fau  Phone: (561) 297-3785

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