Forward or backward? Whether you are using a seminal work or have found the perfect article, doing a citation search will allow you to find more recent works on the same topic. Using the references of an article will lead you to older sources on your subject.
The number of times a paper is cited in the work of others can be an indication of its usefulness and importance. Through a cited reference search, you can discover how a known idea or innovation has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected. Citation analysis can also be used to identify emerging areas of research, identify a field's leading researchers and to assess research output.
Keep in mind that papers may be cited because they present incorrect information, and other scholars have corrected it. In addition, authors can self-cite, thereby inflating the number of times an article is cited. See Drawbacks of citation searching for more details.
Other helpful tools to help you determine article importance are journal impact factor and h-index. Read more about them on the Journal Rankings page.
Social Sciences Citation Index via Web of Knowledge : A bibliographic and citation database that allows researchers to analyze scholarly trends and utilize citation tools
These tutorials were created by the Web of Science. We subscribe to the Social Sciences Citation Index, which is a part of the Web of Science. It can help you do some powerful citation searches. Learn how!
1. To find an author's works, go to Advanced Scholar Search and type in the last name and initials only. Search for variations as well; for example, "R Regin" and "RW Regin"
2. Look for the "Cited by" link below each result. This is the number of citations to this work that are indexed by Google Scholar. Click on that link to retrieve them.
Note: This is not a comprehensive search of all scholarly works, it is only a search of articles indexed in Google Scholar. It may include duplicates and some material may be missing. In addition, coverage is primarily medical, scientific, and technical.
The use of citation analysis to assess research output is contentious.
A large number of citations does not necessarily mean the work should be viewed as authoritative. Work can be cited by other authors for a number of different reasons and some of the recognised drawbacks when using citations are:
Likewise, not being cited does not invalidate a work. There are acknowledged reasons for this:
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