Citations are a map of scholarly conversations over time. Tracing cited works is an effective way to tap into conversations and find great material that may otherwise be hard to find.
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Type the author and title of the book or article into Google Scholar. Click on "cited by" to see who has cited it since it was published. Some library databases also offer this feature. Web of Science has a particularly well-developed citation trace feature which is cross-indexed in Google Scholar.
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To easily place a request for a book, find it on Worldcat and then use the "Request from another library" link to click through to an interlibrary loan form. The details will be filled in for you. You will be notified by email when your books are in. Pick them up at the main desk.
To request a journal article, follow these steps or watch this short video:
You will be provided email instructions about how to download them.
Articles usually reach you in a day or two. Books are sent by courier or by mail and may take a few more days, depending on how far they have to travel.
Whether it's a book or an article, keep an eye on your Gustavus email account to see when things are available for download or pickup.
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