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MPA 632C: Communication in Public Organizations

Professor Ariane David

Citation Tracing

If you've only found one or two relevant articles, you can use those to find more.

  • If the article is recent, look in its References list for other recent articles. Plug the citations of any promising articles into the OneSearch Citation Search.
  • If the article has been out for at least a year, you can see which other articles have cited it by using Google Scholar. Paste the title of the article into Google Scholar and look below the matching result for the Cited by link to find research that has built on your starting article.undefined
  • OneSearch has built-in feature that offers both backwards and forwards citation tracing automatically.  The down branching orange arrow is for older references cited in the article, and the up branching orange arrow is for newer articles that build on the article.undefined

Google Scholar

  1. If you have a Google account, make sure you're logged in.
  2. At the top, click on Settings (gear icon under the black ribbon).
  3. Choose Library Links in the left column.
  4. Search for csun.
  5. Check the box next to CSUN - CSU Northridge - Full Text at CSUN.
  6. Click the blue Save button.
  7. Search for a topic or article.
  8. When you see a result you want, look to the right of the title for a Full Text at CSUN link to get the article directly through CSUN Library databases.

Setting this up once cuts back on the number of times you'll be routed to the publisher's website and asked to pay for an article, but it doesn't eliminate it.  Never pay for a scholarly article or book! If you find something you want via Google Scholar, paste the citation into OneSearch and check for it at all CSU libraries.  Even if no CSU has it, we can probably get it for you via Interlibrary Loan.