Working Backwards 1: Bibliography Scans to Find Secondary Sources

Activity 

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Christopher Sessums

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Christopher Sessums

  1. Locate 2-3 articles that you consider to be strong resources for your research.
  2. Scan the “References” or “Works Cited” section at the end of each article.
  3. Highlight the titles of works that seem relevant to your research topic.
  4. Take a photo of one of the highlighted titles or one of the references pages and post it in a document.
  5. Do a Google Scholar Citation Search for at least two of the articles.
  6. Briefly discuss whether or not the resulting finds were useful.
  7. Search the names of the authors for two of the articles. Have they published anything more recently?
  8. Briefly discuss whether you found more recent articles. Were they helpful?
  9. Share-out: Upload your document with the pictures and discussion to the comments thread.