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Cited reference searching is another way to locate the most important literature relevant to your research topic.
To search for cited references you start with a good quality paper that is highly relevant to your research topic. You then locate the articles that have cited this paper since it was published. By reviewing the references in these articles you may locate further relevant resources on your research topic.
There are three key tools to assist you in locating cited references. For each of these you begin by searching for the paper you already know about. Once you have located the paper these tools have cited reference links you can follow:
In addition to these tools you could also search any of the full text databases relevant to your subject area to locate cited references. You may find that some databases provide cited reference links attached to articles. Even if cited reference links aren't available you could find cited references of a particular paper by doing a combined search for the author's name and the key terms in the title of the paper.
It is important to keep up with research published in your area as you progress through your research project.
To keep current you can save those effective search statements and strategies you have created and run these periodically. In many databases you can also set up automatic email alerts to new literature published in your research area.
For more information and instructions on setting up alerts see the online guide: