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You do not always need the full text of scholarly articles to look "backward" to find older, related articles in the starting article's References or Works Cited section. There are databases that are designed to help us look backward. One of these databases is Web of Science - a very useful tool! Let's get to work with our starting article.
The image below is of the full record for our starting article in the Web of Science database. Note that off to the right side of the full record, there is a link called Cited References. That link will provide the list of items in the References or Works Cited section of the starting article.
When you click the Cited References link, a new page opens that lets us look "backward" at all the items from the starting article's References or Works Cited section. We can look through the list for other articles that might be of use to us.
Item 13 in the Cited Reference list is the older article about expressions of online identity that we identified earlier.
Not every database has the feature to let you look backward at Cited References. In addition to the Web of Science, here are a few more databases (not a comprehensive list) that have this feature.
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