Citation indexes allow researchers to trace the impact of an article upon later publications. The databases link papers together using citations referenced in articles, allowing a researcher to see both the references an author has used as well as other authors who later cited the article.
In the Web of Science database, the citation indexes are collectively know as The Web of Science Core Collection, which consisits of the following citation indexes:
Additional coverage is available in print editions in the UT Libraries:
To identify articles that have cited a particular paper or book, follow these steps for performing a cited reference search:
1. Select Cited Reference Search from the Basic Search drop down menu:
2. Because citations in reference lists are often incorrectly cited, it’s important to search with as little information as possible, such as author name and cited work:
Author: Enter the first author, last name first, followed by a space, the first initial, and the truncation symbol (asterisk): gould s*. Another option is to click on Select From Index to browse the author index, and then transfer your selected cited author(s) to the Cited Author field on the search page.
Cited Work: For a journal title, use the list provided (click on Journal Abbreviations List) to find the correct abbreviation. For a book title, browse the cited work list (the magnifying glass icon to the right of the search box), remembering to look for variations in the abbreviated title (include all variation in the search). When using these indexes, click on the Add icon beside the abbreviation to search, then click on the OK button at the bottom of the page to add the selections to the search page.
Cited Year: The cited year is one of the most commonly incorrect parts of a citation. Do not search by cited year unless it is absolutely necessary to narrow the search.
3. Click on Search.
4. From the list provided, select all those that might be the citation in question.
Look for variations in the cited author name, cited work, volume number, the page number, and the year to identify an incorrectly cited article:
Author cahoon d*
Cited Work nature
Cited Author Cited Work Volume Issue Page Year Hits
cahoon dr nature 359 6398 812 1992 169
cahoon dr nature 359 813 1992 7
cahoon dr nature 35 812 1992 1
cahoon dr nature 359 812 1991 1
All three of these extra “variations” refer to the same article. The first citation, with 169 citing works, is the correct one. (Because it is one of the source articles contained in SCI, it is linked to that source record.)
5. To the left of each citation, there is a box to Select the reference. Click the box next to each citation that is correct or that seems to be referring to the correct citation. (If all that is needed is the number of times a given article was cited, simply add up the number of hits for all relevant variations.)
6. If desired, set limits and sort options (languages and document types) at the bottom of the page.
7. Click on the Finish Search button to find the articles that cited the article in the years selected in step 4.
To find cited references for years earlier than SCI, use the print version of SCI (located in the Reference Collection), which goes back to 1955. The Mulford Library does not have back issues of SSCI in print. The Carlson Library on Main campus and Bowling Green State University are the closest libraries with SSCI in print.