Thursday, 14 May 2015

Cited reference searching | Research support | Virginia Tech


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
Databases can locate publications that cite a given work so you can
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.

  • BioOne


    , use the advanced search screen to perform a Reference search.

  • EBSCOhost interface

    EBSCOhost databases

    (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.

  • Google Scholar search results

    Google Scholar

    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.

  • Hein Online


    shows how often a law journal article has been cited by other articles
    in HeinOnline. Cited references available for articles from the 1950s

  • IEEE

    IEEE Xplore Digital Library

    displays cited references on a tab at the bottom of a citation screen.

  • ProQuest search screen
    ProQuest will display cited references for other articles or dissertations in a ProQuest database.

  • PsycNET from APA

    PsycNET from APA

    provides cited references of articles and book chapters from 2001 to
    present but can be as far back as 1926. Some books are also covered.

  • National Library of Medicine

    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

  • Reaxys


    will display cited references to other articles in Reaxys.

  • ScienceDirect


    can search bibliographies of articles on that platform for cited references to an author or article.

  • SciFinder Scholar


    , find an article in the database and look for Citings.

  • ISI Web of Science

    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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