Look for databases in your discipline to search for scholarly articles
UBC Library Research Guides list article indexes and databases relevant to that subject area (plus other information sources). You may need to use databases from several Guides depending on your research area. For example: political science and women's studies; chemical engineering and environmental studies, etc.
Following Citation Trails or Citation Tracking
Citation Tracking - University of New England (Australia)
This guide provides more information on
- the principle of citation tracking
- tracking citations using Web of Science
- tracking citations using Google Scholar
(Note that UBC Library does not subscribe to Scopus.)
Also check the article indexes for your discipline listed in the relevant UBC Library Research Guide. Some include citation information.
How do I search a database for a literature review that someone has written already?
It depends on which database you're using. Some databases include "literature review" as one of the limit options you can set before or after doing your search: your search will retrieve only literature reviews.
However in most databases, you will have to add a term for "literature review" to your search. You'll soon get to know the terms that your discipline uses for literature reviews, one or more of
- review article
- systematic review
- critical review
- meta-analysis, meta analysis
- re-analysis of data