Citation Searching

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Citation searching will help you identify important journals and articles.  The impact factor (IF) measures  the average number of citations to articles published in a journal. 

Use Journal Citation Reports to evaluate and compare the impact of scholarly journals.
Use Citation Indexes to find if a particular author and/or paper has been cited.          

Citation searching will help you identify important journals and articles.  The impact factor (IF) measures  the average number of citations to articles published in a journal. 

Use Journal Citation Reports to evaluate and compare the impact of scholarly journals

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

Web of Science    
       Select Cited Reference Search from top tool bar.
You have the article
         Randell Hansen and Desmond King, 2001.  "Eugenic Ideas, Political Interests, and Policy Variance... "  World Politics 53.2:237-263. 

       Enter one author in cited author box
                 Hansen R*  (use surname, first initial and truncation symbol)          
       Retrieve abbreviation of journal name from list provided, and enter year of publication.  World Polit
       Deselect disciplines not relevant from listing under Citation Databases

From the list, select the article and click on Finish Search at the top of the list.
Results show the article has been cited 37 times - the most recent in  2013.
      
Note the option Create Alert to be notified of any future citing of this article.

Scopus
       Choose Author Search from top tool bar.
       Enter author's name and affiliation if known
               Trimble, Linda
       Select displayed result.  On right hand side all published articles by the author will be listed.  Click on article for citing references.

Linda Trimble and Shannon Sampert. 2004. "Who's in the Game? The Framing of the Canadian Election 2000 by the G&M and National Post," Canadian Journal of Political Science 37.1:51-71  has been cited 18 times.

Tips for effective searching -

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

  • using the databases, including Omni, 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. 
  • Remember to see if an citing article has itself been cited.

      

 

Content last updated: June 24, 2020