Using the references cited in one source to identify other relevant sources.
Identifies related material published before the source that is used as a starting point.
How do I use citation chasing?
Consult the footnotes and other in-text citations used by the author of your source to support their argument, especially where the author is making points relevant to your project.
"… while the federal government via the Morrill Land Grant Acts established later institutions (Anderson, 1988; Jenkins, 1991; Wennersten, 1991).”
You would look at the sources cited that were authored by Anderson, Jenkins, or Wennersten. You will likely need to find the full citation of the source in the bibliography in order to search for them.
Scan the bibliography as a whole to see if other relevant titles are cited.
Use Omni and other search tools to determine the availability of any new sources you’ve identified in steps 1 and 2.
How is this helpful?
Highlights other potentially relevant sources.
Identify relationships between scholars and schools of thought.
What are the limits?
This method can only identify sources published before the source.
Starting with a more recent source could yield more recent results.