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Finding Gold Mines of Info- Blog Prompt 8- Cited Ref Searches

Cited Reference Searches.

As Brody explained, the works cited of an article, case or book is a view BACKWARDS in time to what the author used.

A cited ref search is a look FORWARD.  It can be a very powerful and targeted search based on what you know is a good source.  The idea is to look at a piece of knowledge and see, from its point of publication, FORWARD, who else cited it.

Several tools can do this.  All are reachable here at the LIT page for management.

ABI/INFORM is one.

Google Scholar is another.

Web of Knowledge is the third, and perhaps the most sophisticated.

The differences are primarily around which databases it searches for references.  The second is the presence of BOOKS.  Only Google Scholar does books.


1)      Take a “piece of knowledge” we have used or referenced and

2)       Do a cited reference search on it to find a

3)      New item that is useful to you.

4)      Briefly describe the new item.

Useful could be for Paper 2 or for the White Paper.

For example, for paper 2, let’s say I am interested in justice and gender.

I know Rawls is one “biggie” of justice ethics.

What you read is a passage from a book.  You can find his most cited books easily in google scholar.

A Theory of Justice has been cited 38,000 times.  That, by the way, is HUGE.

For fun, I searched with in those 38,000 for “walmart.”  I got 36 hits.  In first ten, 2 look interesting to me.  I could go back and look for items on gender.  Those might be the core of a paper on Wal-Mart, the aftermath of the Dukes case, and a Rawlsian perspective.

Another example, more for a final paper.  So, this one is not as focused on ethics.  I am interested in social networks and how they may lead to more “social innovation.”  This is really a topic of mine.  I happen to know that there is a key article by a guy named Granovetter (“Strength of Weak Ties”) about networks.  For you, the article may be something you found in other readings or in the citations of something you have read.  For example, while reading about your topic, you see an author refer to a scholar.  You can go to Web of Knowledge and find a highly cited article by that person and then use that article to see what cited IT.

In Web of Knowledge, his article is cited 4,000 times (huge).  I search within those results for social innovation.  Now, an advantage of WoK is that I can break those results down by year, by source, by topic and so on.  Those lists may be gold mines for my needs.


About Jordi

I am an assistant professor in the Management School at Bucknell University. I specialize in organization theory, social networks, and studying the network society. I have three children, including twins. They love bouncing on the couch, legos, music, and my waffles. My wife teaches English at the same university. I am interested in most things, but these days, networks, social entrepreneurs, the environment, innovation, and virtual worlds. Finding Hidden Abodes and Shaking Iron Cages since 1972


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