Cited reference searching can aid in
- Finding current publications on a topic
- Seeking trends in a research field
- Identifying top researchers in a discipline
- Tracking the history of a research topic
- Tracking your own or colleagues research
trace how that work is cited after its publication. Cited reference
searching will not work well for recently published works; allow authors
time to cite a work after it is published.
Search results will depend greatly on the database you use; if an
article cites a given publication, but the journal that article is
published in is not indexed by your chosen database, then that citation
will not appear in your search results. No database (including Google
Scholar) will index every publication; thus no database will ever give
you a complete list of works citing a specified publication.
Different publications will cite the same article differently; you
will need to search variations of your author's name and publication
title to ensure the best search results. Inconsistencies or outright
errors in publication years, volume, and issues should be expected. For
some articles, only the first listed author will be indexed. Search by
the lead author for best results.
Cited reference searching works best for journal articles, though book citations are beginning to be tracked more often.
(particularly the Complete databases that are large and contain
lots of full-text articles) tracks citations to articles in a given
database from articles in that same database. (This is a more limited
list than other cited reference tools.) Start by finding your article.
If there are citing publications in the EBSCOhost database, you will see
a Times Cited in this Database link.
tracks citations to the articles and other documents in its database.
Start by finding your article (probably by searching the title). Then
look for the Cited By link beneath the result.
PubMed/MEDLINE from the NLM
offers a limited version of cited reference searching. PubMed records
which are cited by articles in the PubMed Central database, can be found
on the abstract page for a record. You can look for them on the
right-hand side of the page, below the “Related citations in PubMed”
section. The cited references link to the PubMed records, which in turn
link to the full text articles since PubMed Central is an open access
Web of Science: Citation Databases from Thomson
has long been the primary tool for performing cited reference searches.
If your article was published in one of the journals, conference
proceedings, or books tracked in the database, you can find citing
sources from these publications and many other publications not tracked
by Web of Science.
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