Anyone who has gotten into an argument over the internet or watched one in a comments section has seen that each side of the debate goes into a google search frenzy spams multiple links to "evidence" supporting their cause.
Very often, these "sources" are not unique studies that actually add to the discussion but are parroting the findings of a single study, such that the mass of citations collected can really be condensed as one lone piece of evidence. The true purpose of citing multiple pieces rather than the single study is to make the person's argument seem stronger than it really is.
What is the term for this? (I know doing a similar pattern for resumes is called resume padding but when I search for the word "citation padding" there does not seem to be any such term) It is a behavior I've seen in any polarized argument, ranging from wikipedia editing wars, to youtube comments, and even academic debates.