Using citations/works cited/footnotes/bibliographies to help you find other research sources is an excellent strategy!
This strategy may help you:
1. Determine and inform what types of sources are being cited by researchers in your field and where they might be located.
2. Determine and inform if there are any leading experts, heavily cited researchers, or important works/journals in your field of research.
3. Determine and inform if there are any terms, jargon, or keywords you have yet to use in your own searches.
4. Locate any potentially useful resources for your own research, that were included in the citations/footnotes/works cited/bibliographies.
First things first, you must learn how to interpret citations, and identify their components.
Citation tracking is a great research strategy to use from time to time. Once you find one source, check its citations/bibliography/notes and the like, to see if there are other sources that might be helpful for you to track down.
However, it is helpful if you can identify what type of source something is via its citation (for example, being able to differentiate between a book citation and a journal article citation.
Let's try it out with some of these samples. See if you can locate these sources via the Van Wylen Library:
1. Gelb, Joyce, and Marian Lief Palley. Women of Japan and Korea : Continuity and Change. Temple University Press, 1994.
2. Yoshimi, Y. (2001). Comfort women: Sexual slavery in the Japanese military during World War II. Columbia University Press, New York.
3. Garon, Sheldon. “The World’s Oldest Debate? Prostitution and the State in Imperial Japan, 1900-1945.” The American Historical Review, vol. 98, no. 3, Oxford University Press, June 1993, pp. 710–32, doi:10.2307/2167547.
4. Hicks, G.L. (1995). The comfort women: Japan's brutal regime of enforced prostitution in the Second World War. pp. 100-110. Allen & Unwin NSW, Australia
6. Fujikane, Candice, and Jonathan Okamura, eds. 2000. "Whose Vision? Asian Settler Colonialism in Hawaii." Amerasia Journal, Special Issue 26.