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I was delighted to attend a Google hangout recently and meet our Rest of World group of students at OCA.  Students attended from Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Zambia, USA, Hungary and most impressive of all – Japan (Calling in from Japan impressed me the most, simply because it was 4am there at the time of our call!)

To ensure we got the most of our time, prior to the session, the students sent me a list of their questions on the Online Library and searching for research.  I was able to share my screen to demonstrate the discuss solutions.  In this blog, I will recap the first question we discussed.

The first question we looked at was how to find related articles to a particular publication.

Google Scholar is an excellent resource for sourcing academic research outside of our Online Library.  Google Scholar tracks how many times an item is cited by other documents within Google Scholar.  Since Google Scholar includes all sorts of academic writing, including Google Books, it can be a useful resource for tracking citations forward.

1. To begin, search for your research in Google Scholar using words from the title, the author, etc.

Screen capture taken from Google Scholar


2. The results will be ranked by relevance, with matching titles closer to the top.  Beneath each entry, you will see a link that says ‘Cited by …’ and a number.

Screen capture taken from Google Scholar search results

3. Clicking on “Cited by …” will bring up a list of citing documentsin Google Scholar.  These are arranged with the most highly cited works at the top.

4. You can further narrow you search by searching for phrases within the citing articles.  Just check the search box indicated and enter your search phrase.  The results will be a subset of the citing articles.

In the next Blog, I’ll post more about Google Scholar and how to link it to our Online Library.

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Posted by author: Helen Barrett
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