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Citation trails are here to help

February 25, 2019

Searching for information can often be tricky, it's not always easy to know which keywords to use in your search. But with citation trails, you can find more sources without having to do extra keyword searching.

Citation trails allow you to see a list of articles and other resources which were cited/referenced in a particular article. So if you find at least one good article in Library Search, you will be off to a good start.

First, find an article in Library Search on your topic and look for the citation trail icons:

Article showing citation trailClick Down arrow to find sources cited in the selected article. The listed sources will be published before the selected article, meaning you can often find good foundation sources that discuss your topic. Key features:

  • sources are on the same topic
  • sources are published before the selected article

Click Up arrow to find sources citing the selected article. The sources listed will be published after your selected article, meaning the sources will be more up to date. Key features:

  • sources are on the same topic
  • sources are published after the selected article

Each of the sources listed will show whether they're available for download or borrowing, and some may even contain their own citation trails.

Try citation trails out now for yourself.

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