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Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music Education, MUE5938

Resources for MUE5938

Putting an article/idea in context

When reading an article or even researching an idea or topic, contextualizing the article or topic becomes critical. How can you do this?

  • Look for the literature review section in an article. It may not be labeled as such, but usually, there's a paragraph or section summarizing what others have found on the subject. The authors and items cited will be listed in the references at the end of the article.
    • This review may not be exhaustive. However, to gain further knowledge on a topic, you should look at those works to affirm (or deny) the conclusions cited in the review.
  • What about works written since that particular article (or book or ) was published? How do you find other articles citing that work? You have several different options.
    • Often a publisher or aggregator will provide citing references within their platform -- usually labeled metrics or metrics and citations.
    • Search specific resources dedicated to providing citation information.

Library Catalog or Publisher's Site and Citations

FSU Library Catalog system search for Prof. Gregory Springer

Catalog search for Gregory Springer








If we choose the first icon, we get a list of works citing Royston and Springer's 2017 article.













Here's an example from the Sage Publications page for this journal article







Choose Metrics and citations to get more information about this article; you can choose Web of Science to start a search for this article in that resource. Notice the number of citations differ between the library catalog search and Sage's metrics!


Web of Science and Google Scholar

Web of Science is the original resource for researching citation chaining. It was previously known as the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. I think of this resource as the Janus for scholarship -- constantly looking to the future and the past at the same moment.

In this example, 7 results are cited for this same article.

What about Google Scholar?

Google Scholar lists an impressive 19 citations. Some of the citations may be listed several times; but it's still worth a look.


Research Rabbit

Research Rabbit is a relatively new tool, and as its name implies, you can go down many rabbit holes of thought. This tool is better suited to the article literature than books, and if nothing else, it's a fun way to explore an idea or topic. Before you jump in, I strongly suggest setting a timer! Research Rabbit has a Zotero integration, which can both facilitate research and create a too-long-to-ever-digest-much-less-read library.


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