Citation searching can be a very valuable tool for finding additional research about or closely related to your research topic. Here are the main three types and how they help you:
Best bets for citation searching:
All scientific topics:
Chemistry and biochemical topics
The catalog links you to access points that we have for scholarly journals. <unnecessary caps, probably> YOU CANNOT LOOK UP JOURNAL ARTICLES USING THE CATALOG </end unnecessary caps>. The catalog does not function as a index to the contents of journals. You need to use a database or search within the publication itself (I will show you how!).
Research is messy. We want the path to look like this:
But most of the time, research looks like this:
It is not unusual to need to look for more information as you make your way through your initial idea or topic, planning and research methodology, or results. And as you do that, you may create searches that find the perfect article and searches that get you nothing that is useful or informative. What to do? The key is to be flexible with your topic and to think more broadly about related concepts. Here's an example:
You are studying the taxonomy for a specific plant species. You've exhausted all of the literature that you can find using the species name but your professor says that you need to study more background information. That might mean thinking more broadly about species concepts, species delimitation, hybridization, introgression, relictual species, etc. - all as they relate to botany (or even a types of plant: wildflowers, woody plants, succulents).