Working Backwards 2: Article Scan for Citations

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Stacy Brunner

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Stacy Brunner

Activity

  1. Locate an article that you consider to be a strong resource for your research, one that you have already read.
  2. Skim the body of the article and highlight/circle all of the in-text citations.
  3. Next, determine which sources the author(s) cite the most often. Note: You can either use a simple tally system, or, if you are using a PDF reader/viewer, you may be able to search the document using Ctrl + F (control find), which locates every instance of the name for which you are searching.
  4. Note the top five sources most referenced in the article. Revisit those in-text sections within the document.
  5. Determine whether or not any of the top cited references could potentially be valuable to your research project.
  6. Go to the references section of the article and locate the full bibliographic citation.
  7. Conduct a library search for that source.
  8. Share-out: In the comments section below, post an image of one of the pages where you highlighted/circled the in-text citations.

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