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Citation Tracking: Viewing Connections - Interface Design

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While the default view for ResearchRabbit is an expanding column display, at any time users can choose to view a visual represenation of the connections made through citation tracking.

These connections can be viewed by selecting the Connections: Click to show button at the bottom of the resource panels.

This is the network view for the original seed papers, which shows how each of the papers is connected via citation tracking activity.

To switch from network to timeline view, there is a button at the top of the connection's open tab which can be clicked to change between views.

This is the network view for the original seed papers, which shows the papers according to publishing year.

When a seed paper bubble is hovered over, it shows lines that 'connect' it to other cited papers.

Once you have selected the type of citation tracking you will perform, you can then elect to view the connections for the new citatation tracked papers.

This example shows a network view for the connections between papers citation tracked from 'Earlier Work'.

As you can see, with more papers added, the connections view shows far more connections between seed and citation tracked papers.

At the bottom of the connections tab there is the option to zoom in, zoom out, and fit all, which can be useful with especially large or wide ranging connections.

To filter these items, there is a bar at the top of the connections pane which allows you to search the chosen papers for specific terms. Filters can refer to names, themes, or years, and will change the connections view to show only the relevant filtered papers.

If you no longer wish to view the connections, individual connections windows can be closed by selecting the button at the bottom of the resource pane again, choosing Connections: Click to Hide.

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