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Research Impact & Metrics

How to Do Cited Reference Searching

Web of Science

To complete a Cited Reference Search in Web of Science, select Cited Reference Search from the drop down menu next to Basic Search, then search by author or cited work title and year of publication. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list, but it's a great place to start in many disciplines.

Watch this brief video to learn how to do a Cited Reference Search in Web of Science.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar covers a much broader range of subject areas than Web of Science, so it's a great place to check for citations of your work. Like all metrics tools, it is not comprehensive but it is a great tool to use in combination with other things!

Find Out Who Is Citing You Using Google Scholar

To find articles that have cited you:

1. Go to the Advanced Search by clicking on the drop down arrow beside the search button.

2. Type your name into the "Return articles authored by" box.

3. On the results page, look underneath the article you want to see citations for and click the Cited By link. If there is no Cited By link, this means that Google was unable to find any citations of the article.

4. You'll see a list of results that have cited the article.

5. To receive email notifications when you are cited, click "create email alert" at the bottom of the results page for each article you've written. Fill out the quick form, and the search results will come to you!

Google Scholar Author Profile

Benefits to setting up a profile in Google Scholar include:

  • Listing and linking to your scholarly publications
  • See who is citing your publications and receive e mail notifications
  • Track citations over time
  • If you make your profile public it will appear in Google search results when people search for your name.
  • Find GoogleScholar profiles of other researchers with similar interests.

But keep in mind:

  • It doesn't track everything.
  • You cannot upload documents to your profile.

You must have a gmail account to create a profile.

Helpful Links

Publish or Perish

Publish or Perish is a free downloadable program developed by Ann-WiI Harzing that uses Google Scholar to provide author-level citation data. It is designed to help researchers determine their impact. It calculates several citation metrics.

You can download the program for free from

Ebsco Databases

Many Ebscohost databases provide the ability to view the cited references for individual articles.

When you run a Basic or Advanced Keyword Search, any Cited References or Times Cited links that are available are presented with your search results. 

Searching for Cited References

If you are searching a single database that supports “cited reference” searching, a Cited References link will display at the top of the EBSCOhost screen, or under the "More" tab.

Selecting a Database to Search for Cited References

Search for a particular author or work. 

Cited References Search Screen

 Select works, then click Find Citing Articles.

More Databases

Many other databases offer citation linking. Here are just a few! Check the databases in your discipline for special features, or ask your librarian for help!

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