Supplementary search techniques may be used as part of your scoping searches, to locate a gold set of relevant articles for testing your search, or, in order to develop a search strategy on a niche topic.
A common techniques is to start with one or more relevant articles and use these as a starting point. This is often called citation searching or snowballing.
Citation searching is a search method that can be done forward or backward in time.
The main citation databases are Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar.
Search for the following article in Scopus to check how many times it has been cited and see if any of the newer articles are relevant to this topic.
Saggers, B., Hwang, Y. S. & Mercer, K. L. (2011). Your voice counts: Listening to the voice of high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 35(2), 173-190. doi:10.1375/ajse.35.2.173
1. Login to Scopus at http://guides.lib.monash.edu/go.php?c=8480086
2. Enter the article title "Your voice counts: Listening to the voice of high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder" and click the search button.
3. How many times has this article been cited? Click on the number in the Cited by column to view the list of articles.
4. Click on Analyze search results. You can then analyse the strength of specific journals in the field, identify prominent authors and their affiliations, and pinpoint principle subject areas for this query.