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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Improving Your Research Skills

This guide will help you improve your research skills through searching library databases, searching Google, and evaluating sources.

Citation Chasing

Citation chasing is the process of discovering who an author cited in their article, retracing their “steps” of research. It can also be the process of discovering who has cited a particular author, looking forward to see where research is going. Citation chasing helps you see how different researchers are talking to each other, and who is being impacted by certain research.

Methods for Citation Chasing

  • Citation indexing databases like Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar allow users to see research that has cited a given article (forward citation chasing),
  • Using the Works Cited or References section of an important article or book to find other sources related to your research topic. Most databases keep a list of sources the displayed article cites.

Citation Chasing Resources