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MolBio Junior Tutorials Guide

Research as Inquiry

Citation chaining

Another great way to locate additional information is to use a known citation as a starting point to more resources.  This style of information seeking is often called citation chaining.

Chaining can be done in two ways:  look at the reference list from the known resource and locate those articles, or use a database like Web of Science or Scopus to find related articles or to find articles that cite the original. 

Example:  You were given the article “Vancomycin Reduces Cell Wall Stiffness and Slows Swim Speed of the Lyme Disease Bacterium” by Harman, Hamby et al.  

From the Science Direct platform there are several options.

  • Note the recommended articles
  • Note citing articles
  • Note the reference list

Can also search from a subject specific database (Web of Science, Scopus)

  • Note times cited
  • Note cited references
  • View related records (number of references shared with original record)