Major Databases for Citation Searching
Web of Science - Divided into 5 sections: Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Science Conference Proceedings, and Social Science Conference Proceedings. A basic search defaults to searching all 5 sections. "Times Cited" information is available directly from the search result screen:
Google Scholar - This database searches scholarly articles, books, some institutional respositories, and more. "Cited by" information is available from the search result screen:
What is it?
- Basic citation searching involves tracking references that are cited in a given article, book, book chapter, or other publication.
- This guide will help you find WHO HAS CITED a given article, book, book chapter, or other publication or author - also known as cited reference searching.
Why do it?
- To locate newer material related to a given publication or author.
- To show how others are using a given publication.
- To connect you to other researchers in a field.
- To provide evidence of your (or another author's) influence and impact in a field of research.
How do I do it?
The tabs in this guide are organized by discipline. Each tab lists resources that are useful in that discipline as well as basic directions for searching those resources.
Howard, Jennifer. "Citation by Citation, New Maps Chart Hot Research and Scholarship's Hidden Terrain." The Chronicle of Higher Education. This article details how researchers are working on new ways of using citation information to map and identify hidden connections between different fields of study.