Answered By: Paul Streby
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2017     Views: 138

Sometimes it's hard to find enough articles on a research topic. "Pearl growing" is using one source of information to find more information. (Think of an oyster growing a pearl by adding layer upon layer to a tiny grain of sand). There are several ways to use pearl growing to find more resources, once you have a source of information.

Method 1) Look at the full citation in Summon or a database. Subject terms, keywords, and words and phrases in the abstract can give you ideas of what (or what else) to search for.

Method 2) See what articles and books it cites. These are found in the list of citations, usually at the end of the article. You can then find these sources of information. (This method works for books as well.)

Method 3) Find out what articles and books have cited the article. This method can help you find relevant and more recent sources of information. Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar show with a clickable link how many times a work has been cited. Search for the article you have in one or more of these.

Google Scholar 


'Cited by' in Google Scholar 
Web of Science
'Cited by' in Web of Science 
'Cited by' in Scopus 


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