May 05, 2008

Teaching Citation Searching to Grad Students

One of my student / trainers / colleagues and I co-wrote an article for Computers in Libraries about the UConn peer-to-peer training program. I've written about the Elsevier Student Ambassador Program here before (June 2007), but that post was brief, and the article is more detailed.

Chelsea writes a great deal about how she taught other UConn graduate students the nifty process of looking to see who's cited an article, and by doing find MORE related articles, and finding seminal articles in a particular field. We both like citation searching databases like Scopus and Web of Science because they let you do some very interdisciplinary searching with a few mouse clicks.

The article was great fun to write, and I hope it gives you some ideas about a novel way of searching.

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CogSci Librarian said...

Cognitive scientists, please note: citation searching databases are *excellent* for cognitive science because they are so interdisciplinary.

For instance, in Scopus, a cog sci researcher could find articles in the fields of psychology, medicine, computer science, business, biology, etc. -- so one search yields articles in lots of different areas.

See if your library has Scopus or Web of Science and check out the new material you find on your topic!