How is scholarship a "conversation"?
It can be helpful to think of the articles you have read or gathered as voices in the conversation happening around your topic. Each article contains information that will lead you to more views and different perspectives on your topic. Just as you would in conversation, use the articles to learn more from the voices that interest you and to engage with those that challenge you or that you do not agree with.
Tips for using articles to delve deeper into the scholarly conversation:
Check the bibliographies or references of the resources you have found and search for the titles cited in them
- Look for "related publication" links. If you use Google Scholar, in your list of results you will notice that it provides "cited by" and "related article" links. The cited by link will give you a list of all other articles that have referenced this one.
- Use Discovery or Google Scholar to search for other works by the authors of articles that are particularly relevant. Discovery, Google Scholar and all of the library databases allow you to search by author name (look for this option in their "Advanced Search" screen). If the author has a Google Scholar profile, their name will be hyperlinked to it in the results list. You can see a list of their other publication in their profile. Author names are also hyperlinked in Discovery results and clicking on them will take you to a list of their publications.
- Use Google Scholar or Discovery to search for other researchers, organizations or universities that are mentioned in the article.
- Check out a specialized database for literature specific to your field.
- Search for specific research studies or theses that are referred to in the article. Theses, in particular, contain extensive bibliographies and references. You can check out theses in the Dissertations and theses database http://ezproxy.royalroads.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/pqdtglobal?accountid=8056. Use the advanced search screen to search by author name.
- If you keep coming across articles from the same journal, browse through some current issues in the entire publication (start with the "Journals by Title" link in the Library Links dropdown at the top right corner of the Discovery tool).
- Look up the article in Scopus to see how many times and where it has been cited in academic literature.