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Following a Citation at Bates: How do I get it?

Instructions for tracking down Books, Book Chapters and Articles from citation information using Ladd Library resources.

Using this Guide

How do I get it?

Sometimes, after you've identified the citation for a potentially awesome source, you are not quite sure how to track that book, article, etc. down.  By following the steps indicated to the right, you should be able to:

  1. Track down a book from its citation information.
  2. Track down an article from its citation information.
  3. Use forward citation searching to identify articles and books that have cited (i.e. were published after) a specific book or article.

Finding or Requesting Books, Chapters or Articles


Obtaining a Book at Bates: A Sequential Checklist

Finding a book or book chapter at Ladd involves the following five steps:

  1. Perform a CBBcat title search from the Library homepage.
  2. Determine whether CBBcat owns the book.  If so, is it available?
    • If it's available at Bates, then you are all set.  Take the call number for the book to the stacks and retrieve it.
    • It the book is available at Bowdoin or Colby (but not at Bates), you can place a request to have the book sent to the Bates Circulation desk.  When the book arrives at Bates, you will be notified via email that it's ready for you to pick up and check out. CBBCat books located at Lowdoin or Colby can be requested using the CBB Request link at the top of the screen.
    • If the book is not available in CBBcat (i.e. at Bates, Bowdoin or Colby libraries), then precede to step 3.
  3. Perform NExpress search for books unavailable from CBBcat. Select link title to navigate to item record.
    • From the item record, select the "NExpress" icon to initiate an NExpress search.
    • From the NExpress screen, check for availability.
    • If your item IS AVAILABLE through NExpress, place a request: Click on "request this item."
    • If your item IS NOT AVAILABLE through NExpress, please check NYconnect for availability:
  4. Perform MaineCat search for book unavailable from either CBBcat or NExpress. Select the Search MaineCat button on the right-hand side.
  5. Perform an Interlibrary Loan request for books unavailble from CBBcat, NExpress or MaineCat.
    • To make an Interlibrary Loan request for a book, select the "Interlibrary Loan Login" from the Accounts option on the Library homepage.
    • After Logging in to your ILL account, select the "Book" New Request link, fill out the required fields in the request form, and submit.

Obtaining a Journal Article at Bates: A Sequential Checklist

Finding a journal article at Ladd involves the following five steps:

  1. Perform a Journal Title Search from the Library homepage.
  2. Determine whether Bates has access to the Journal.  If so, over what time period? What format?
    • If the journal is available in Print, you'll be taking a trip down to the shelved periodicals. If Bates has immediate access to the journal, this search will indicate in what way and over what time range you have access.
    • If the Journal is available electronically, you are in luck.  You can access it immediately!
  3. If the Journal is not available at Bates, you'll need to submit an Interlibrary Loan request from your Interlibrary Loan Account.
    • To make an Interlibrary Loan request for a journal article, select the "Interlibrary Loan Login" from the Accounts option on the Library homepage.
    • After Logging in to your ILL account, select the "Photocopy" New Request link, fill out the required fields in the request form and submit.

Forward Citation Searching: Traveling Forward in Time

Research as time travel:

Following citations is a bit like traveling in time.  Frequently, we are taught to examine a source's bibliography to identify primary sources of supporting evidence or to trace the origins and development of a particular line of thinking.  This can be very useful, but because everything in the bibliography was published before the document they are cited in, when you do this you are always traveling backwards in time.

But what if you wanted to travel forward in time past the publication date of an important source you have identified?  Is there a way to identify related sources published after an important document?  In a word, "yes".

Following the "Cited By" link:

Many search tools available to Bates researchers can allow you to generate a list of sources that have cited an existing document.  Because items in this "cited by" list were published after the document they are citing, researching them allows you to travel forward in publication time.

Search tools at Bates with "Cited By" functionality:

  • Google Scholar:

    Perform a search in Google Scholar and select the "Cited by" link below any desired search result.

    For sources cited by a large number of documents, it is possible to search with in the "Cited by" list results:Select "search within citing articles."

  • Scopus

    Perform a search using Scopus and select the "Cited by" link in the last column of any desired search result.

    For sources cited by a large number of documents, it is possible to search with in the "Cited by" list results:

  • PsycINFO:

    To identify the items in the PsycINFO database that cite a specific article, select the "Cited References" button from the top menu of the PsycINFO search screen.  Enter the article title of interest and search.

    From the results screen, select the items of interest and select the "Find Citing Articles" button.

    Alternatively, do a search using PsycINFO and select the "Cited by" link in the last column of any desired search result.

  • MathSciNet:

    Perform a search using MathSciNet and select the desired article from the list of results.

    From the item results page, you can select links to the citing documents from the "Citations" box at the right of the screen.

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