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Cited Reference Searching: Introduction

Identifying publications that have cited an article of interest.

Cited Reference Searching Overview

Cited reference searching is sometimes called citation chasing or following citation trails.

You have an article that is interesting for some reason, and you want to find newer articles that have cited that article in their bibliographies.

You may do this kind of search to follow a trail of research or to examine research impact.

Sources to Use

Several tools enable you to do cited reference searching.  Choose a database that suits the subject of your article and the purpose of your search. 


Many publishers' websites also offer cited reference searching.  If you find your article on its publisher's website, you may find quick links to other articles by that publisher that have cited your article.