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Cited reference searching is part of the handsearching process
Check the reference lists of useful articles to find older articles relating to the topic.
Check citing articles to find more recent articles that cite useful articles to find more recent sources.
Databases for cited reference searching that have both these features include:
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and delivers a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
Start from a small set of 'seed papers' that define an area you are interested. Gecko will search the citation network for connected papers allowing you to quickly identify important papers you may have missed.
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