If you find one relevant article on your topic, you can use that article to lead you to previously published articles by following the citation chain backwards. Watch the video below to learn how!
Citation chaining is a research skill that can save you a lot of time when you're trying to find relevant articles, but it can also reveal to you how different studies relate to each other. By following the citation chain, you can get a better sense of how authors have used each other's work to support their theories and arguments, build on on previous research, or to challenge or critique each other's work.
Backwards citation chaining is especially useful when:
You can also follow the citation chain forwards, by looking for newer articles that cite the article you've found. Watch the video below to learn more!
Forward citation chaining is especially useful when: