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Determining article impact

You can use citation counts to see how many times a specific article has been cited by others.

Cited reference searching allows you to find articles that have cited previously published research.

Because many databases index each citation listed in a bibliography, it is possible to search the cited references. 

You can follow a particular cited reference, or cited author, forward in time to find more current articles that have also cited that author or research.

Searching for cited references is useful to locate current research based on earlier research, see how a particular research topic is being used to support other research, track the history of a research topic, or to track the research of a particular researcher.

However, not all databases support "cited reference searching".



Databases for citation searching

ISI Web of Knowledge

  • Choose Web of Science
  • Choose Cited Reference Search
  • Enter minimal details (e.g. Author and year, for example Clegg, W  and 2004)
  • Click on View Record in Web of Science to see list of Citing articles for each paper


  • Choose Author search
  • Enter author details and include affiliation if known (e.g. Mecrow, B and Newcastle)
  • Click on Details for Citation information >> View documents for this author (Select article and then Cited by)
  • Cited by gives a list of papers
  • Citation tracker gives a citation analysis by year and h-index

 Google Scholar 

  • Choose Advanced Search Options
  • Enter details of specific article
  • You can include affiliation (eg Newcastle) in the top boxes, author, limit by year, limit by subject area
  • Click on Cited by in results list to see citing articles

Many Subject specific databases, but not all, also include citation information.


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