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Citation Chaining

Using reference lists to find additional relevant articles and books

Forward Chaining

Forward chaining involves researching the sources that have cited a particular work to find more recent material covering similar topics.

A couple of databases that are really useful for forward chaining are Scopus and Web of Science.  Both databases will show a list of references for a particular work if that item has been cited by other works in those particular databases.

Resources that cite your article...

  • will be newer than the article you've already found
  • will help you identify more recent, relevant research