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Cited Reference Searching

This guide shows users how to view how many times a publication has been cited–sometimes called citation analysis–using tools like Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.

What is Cited Reference Searching?

Cited reference searching lets you discover:

  • Who has cited a specific article
  • How many times it has been cited
  • Related articles
  • Citations of a specific author's articles (including yourself or one of your colleagues)

Try using a few different cited reference searching tools for better results. If you want to find out more about how these citation counts can assess researcher impact, see the Scholarly Commons Understanding Impact guide.


Databases like Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar offer large groups of journals and articles to search.