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POLS-418 Sr. Sem: State Formation and State-Building (Matsuzaki): Finding Scholarly Articles

Fall 2019

Who is Citing Whom

If you come across a relevant article, you should see who has used it in subsequent research. This is known as reverse citation searching, and it's incredibly easy. Following the steps below not only will lead you to additional sources, it is a way to measure the impact of an article -- with some exceptions, the more times an article is cited, the more important it is.

  1. Go to Google Scholar.
  2. Enter the title of the relevant article you previously found in the search box.   
  3. Click on the Search button.
  4. Locate the correct article in the search results list. Be sure to check that the author is correct.
  5. If the article was cited by others, you will see a "Cited by" link at the bottom of the record. Click this link to view who has cited this item. For more information about searching, access  Google Scholar's Help page below.

Be aware:

  • Google Scholar does not index all scholarly articles; therefore, some articles citing the item under study may not be counted.

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