Footnotes are your friends

So you have located (with the help of a reference librarian) a few scholarly articles or books related to your research topic.  Want a quick way to multiply the sources without hitting the databases or online catalog?  Take a look at the footnotes!

Footnotes provide a wealth of citations to sources on your topic, primarily from other reliable academic sources.  You can now take these citations, and locate them using the online catalog (for books and ebooks) or subscriptions databases and Google Scholar (for articles).

The footnotes can also lead you to authors or experts in your field of inquiry.  Search the online catalog, subscription databases and Google Scholar to find additional materials these scholars have written on your topic.

So, don’t just file those research materials away.  Mine the footnotes for a short cut to more sources!


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