Service Analytics Research Group

Tips when looking for research references

Most relevant and up-to-date research is published as papers in English-language journals and conferences. Here are some tips for finding the right references:

  1. It is particularly important that you identify a good set of relevant keywords that describe your topic area as well as as possible. This is a continuous process: The more you read and find out about your topic, the better you will know what keywords to look for.
  2. Based on a set of keywords, you can look for publications in
  3. Having found some relevant papers, you can go on into two directions
    • Backwards, to find relevant references from before the current paper was published: To that end, look in the list of references of the paper you are currently reading to identify related publications.
    • Forwards, to find relevant references from after the current paper was published: To that end, consider which newer publications have cited the paper you are currently reading. For this, you can use search engines to find “cited by” references, e.g. on Google Scholar  (Example). You can also look at the webpage where the publisher is presenting the current paper, which frequently also lists further publications that cite (e.g. here (circle „Citations“) or here („Citing articles“ to the right)).