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RHE 309: Rhetoric of Marriage Proposals / Koohapremkit

Using sources to find more sources

Entering the scholarly conversation.

Using an article from your syllabus or your annotated bibliography as your starting point, you can trace the scholarly conversation.

 Anderson, K.S. “Why Dowry Payments Declined with Modernization in Europe but Are Rising in India.” The Journal of political economy 111.2 (2003): 269–310. Web.

Every article builds upon preexisting scholarly conversations and pushes the field forward with new knowledge. By investigating the articles that an author used in their research, you can find where that author got their information. By investigating articles that have cited an article, you can see how scholars have built upon pre-existing research.

Tracing research back: What theories, ideas, studies or findings were important in this author's research?

  1. a bibliography / list of references, will have many citations. Reading an article will help you decide which articles or books were most important to this author in building her research. 
  2. Search using our all in one search. You can simply paste the citation into the search bar - sometimes you need to search just the title and for the title and author

Tracing research forward: What theories, ideas, studies or findings were influenced by this author's work?

The easiest way to find out who cited a work is to use Google Scholar. 

cited by indicates how many articles cite this one. related articles is similar research, try both.

Where is the article? Help!

Sometimes you see a link to the pdf or html of a full article - yay!

Sometimes you don't...instead, you see this:

If you click that, the databases will all talk to each other, find where the article lives, and take you right there.

Oof! It's only available in print? You can go get it on the shelves, or click:

and the library will scan and email you the article - even if we don't own it!

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