Use Subject Tags

Once you've found a source that is relevant for your research, you can use that item to find other similar sources. Say you've found that this book is very helpful for your research. The record, located through 1Search, is below:

Screenshot of record from OSU Libraries 1Search for Chicano: the history of the Mexican American civil rights movement

In this record, you'll see subject information that is hyperlinked. By clicking on those links, you can locate other sources about the identified subjects. Many databases allow you to do this, although the language may vary -- for example, you may need to look for topics, keywords, or tags instead of "subjects."

Use Other Researchers' Suggestions

Citation chaining is a way to use citations from other researchers' bibliographies to find other related sources. Think of this as a way to locate your source in the web of other research. You can chain backwards by looking up other sources that appear in the bibliography of the item you have. For this book, you can look to the bibliography in the back of the book. You can also do this with an article or any other source that lists its citations. If you need help locating an item from its citation, try the guide for Finding A Specific Item From a Citation, linked at the left.

You can also chain forward by locating other sources that cite the item you've found. The easiest way to do this is to look up your item in Google Scholar, www.scholar.google.com. By searching for the title of our book, we can locate sources that cite this book by clicking on "Cited by 81."

Screenshot from Google Scholar for Chicano: the history of the Mexican American civil rights movement

The number only refers to the number of sources within the Google Scholar universe that cite this book -- remember that there may be other items out there. But you will get a list of other articles and books that refer to your original item. Forward chaining may not work well for very new material, simply because there hasn't been time for other researchers to read and cite it yet.