Citation Searching

Use citation databases to find if a particular author and/or paper has been cited by other authors.


Web of Science   
       Choose Web of Science Core Collection from the menu.
       Change Basic Search to Cited Reference Search from the drop down menu.

You have the article
         Abele, F. 1987  "Canadian contradictions - 40 years of northern political development."  Arctic 40.4:310-320

       Enter one author in cited author box
                Abele F*  (use surname, first initial and truncation symbol)          
       Retrieve abbreviation of journal name from list provided, and enter year of publication.  Arctic 1987
From the list, select the relevant bullet(s) and click on Finish Search at the top of the list.
Results show the article has been cited 10 times - the most recent in 2014.
Note the option Create Alert  option on the left to be notified of any future citings of this article.

       Choose Author Search from top tool bar.
       Enter author's name and affiliation if known
               Abele F*
       Select displayed result.  All published articles by the author will be listed.  Click on article for citing references.

Abele F.  and Prince M.J.  2006. "Four pathways to Aboriginal self-government in Canada," American Review of Canadian Studies 36.4:568-595  has been cited 14 times, the more recent in 2016. 

Tips for effective searching -

If you find one relevant article for your reseach it can lead to other relevant papers by the following:

  • using the databases, including Summon, look to find all papers & books published by the author or co-authors
  • explore the bibliography in the paper for sources
  • using Web of Science or Scopus, look for articles that cite the article you found.    Remember, some databases will also list citing articles but those lists are limited to the current database.  The Web of Science and Scopus are more comprehensive, with coverage from multiple databases. 



Content last updated: September 27, 2018