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Public Policy

Guide to public policy research

Citation Chasing

Research can be difficult, but you don't have to start from scratch if you follow the clues left by scholars who have gone before you!

As you conduct your research, you will need to make note of the additional resources (book, book chapter, journal article) you identify in the bibliographies, references, notes, and footnotes of the sources you are using. The reason for this? Because this is one of the best ways to further your research.

Example:

Let's say you found this very relevant article: 

Silverman, R. M., & Patterson, K. L. (2012). The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the USA. Critical Sociology (Sage Publications, Ltd), 38(1), 123-140

Screenshot of the first page of the article The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse

 

 And you read it and it is just great for your research. The next thing to do is look at the list of references and follow-up on any that look relevant. This is a great way to build your bibliography, to find like materials.
 

Screenshot of the References list in the article The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse

 

Google Scholar 

Off campus? Be sure to add University of Maryland - Find @ UMD to the Library Links 
Follow these steps:
1.Click on menu      
Google Scholar Library Links Step 1 Menu
 


 

 

 

2. Click on Settings                                                                                              3. Click on Library links
Google Scholar Library Links Step 2 Settings

                              Google Scholar Library Links Step 3 Library Links                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Make sure University of Maryland Libraries - Find @ UMD is listed. If not, use the search box and find and add and then save.

 

If the article is really great for your research, and you have checked the references used by the author/s, you can look and see if the article has been cited by anyone else since it was published. 
This is the  original great article:
Silverman, R. M., & Patterson, K. L. (2012). The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the USA. Critical Sociology (Sage Publications, Ltd), 38(1), 123-140

There are several ways to see who has cited the article, but one of the best and easiest ways is to use 
Google Scholar. (https://scholar.google.com/)
Once in google scholar, type/paste in the title of the original article.
Look for the - cited by.

Click on the Cited by  and also check out the Web of Science cites

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