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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ESL Graduate Student Guide

A guide to the University Library for English as a Second Language graduate students.

Citation Analysis

In your scholarly research, you may need to gauge the importance of a publication by counting the number of times it has been cited by other scholars. This is called citation analysis. You may also want to find all published works by a specific scholar (such as an advisor or professor).

See the Cited Reference Searching guide for information on how to view how many times a publication has been cited using tools like Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.

Impact Factor

The Impact Factor of an academic journal is the average number of citations to recent articles published within that journal. Impact Factor is often used as a criteria of the importance a journal carries within a certain discipline.