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Library Research Assignments for Basic and Applied Sciences: Follow the Citations

Follow the Citations Concept

Students will pick an article in their discipline. They will then pick an article from the citations of the first article. With the second article, they will repeat the action of picking an article from its citations.  This should give them a total of three articles that includes the original article. They will then go to Google Scholar and find a fourth article that uses the original article they chose when they started the activity.

Students will then compare the resources from all four articles, including their focus and their audience. Students will discuss how each work is a representation of their disciplines’ practices in using resources, what is important in each work, and potentially who are considered top scholars in the field. Much of this can be represented numerically in charts and graphs or with some sort of timeline or map in conjunction with expository text to elaborate on the scholarship.

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