Many of the library's databases allow you to track the flow of research by including ways to identify references that cite or are cited by other scholarly sources. This Help guide will introduce you to the databases that have that feature.

Why is this important?

  • keeping track of how many times and where a publication is being cited can help you gage the impact that article has in your discipline
  • if the article has been cited, the database will provide a link to the citing article/author
  • to locate current research based on earlier research
  • to find out how a particular research topic is being used to support other research
  • to track the history of a research idea
  • to track the research history of a researcher
  • to determine how well your own published research is cited for promotion/tenure considerations

Cited Reference Searching for a known author

  • this will give you a count of the number of citations an author has received
  • use Web of Science (Cited Reference Search) or Scopus (Author Search)
  • you can also analyse the results of a citation using these databases

Databases with Cited referencing features include:


Ebsco Cited References search window

By selecting the Cited References link, you can choose to search in this database by cited author, cited title, cited source, cited year and all citation fields. For more assistance, go directly the EBSCO Help Page.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar cited by example

Google Scholar has a 'Cited by' feature built into the results of any search. When you look at an article in the results list, you will find a 'cited by' link below the abstract if there are any articles or books that have cited the item displayed.


Proquest cited by example

When viewing the search results in Proquest, if that article has been cited, you can click on 'Cited by' to view where the citation has been cited.

Scholars Portal Journals

Scholar's portal cited references example

Click on 'Cited by' in Scholars Portal to view where the citation has been cited.

Web of Science

Web of Science cited references search screen

Select 'Cited Reference Search' above the main search window. This type of search will enable you to find articles that have cited a previous published work. Through this search you can discover how a known idea or innovation has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected. Every reference listed on the page has been cited by a least one article indexed in Web of Science.

To perform a comprehensive Cited Reference Search:

  • Enter the first author’s name in the Cited Author field with appropriate truncation. Enter multiple names of authors linked by the Boolean OR if a work has multiple authors. This will enable to retrieve a publication even if it was indexed with only part of the authors.
  • Enter a journal or book title in the Cited Work field. It is advised to abbreviate the titles and combine them from their indexed version found in the abbreviation list. If a work has been published in languages other than English, enter an abbreviated form of the original or know languages it was published in.
  • It is advised to omit the Cited Year(s) field initially, in order to retrieve a maximum amount of variations or different editions of a same work. If you get too many results, enter the year(s) that may refine relevant records.
  • Clicking Search will return entries from the Cited Reference Index that include the cited author/work combination entered.
  • Select the references and variations that are relevant to your search.
  • Click Finish Search to go to the Results page

For more assistance, Web of Science offers a Cited Reference Search help page.


To see documents which cite a document in your search results, select the document and click View Cited By.

Scopus view reference list

To view the documents that reference your chosen document, click on the number under "Cited by".

Scopus cited references view cited by example

View the Scopus Quick Reference blog for more information or help.

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