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Political Science 243: Backward Citation Searching

Politics of Africa
Professor: Ngonidzashe Munemo
Spring 2015

Backward Citation Searching

Looking at the works cited by an author is called backward citation searching. The author's bibliography gives you a snapshot of the thinking and research available at the time of publication. It tells you what ideas or theories have influenced the author.

For example, this image shows the backward citations for Sherman, Haidt, and Coan's (2009) article "Viewing cute images increases behavioral carefulness."

backward citations