Cited References: How Do I Find Who Cited an Article or Book?

Introduction

There are a number of sources that provide cited references to articles and books. The primary source for journal citations has been the Web of Science database which comprises Arts & Humanities Citation Index; Social Sciences Citation Index; Science Citation Index Expanded; Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Science; and Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Social Science & Humanities.  Over 12,000 journals are indexed in the Web of Science. Because of the large number of publications indexed and because of the multidisciplinary coverage, this database is still the first place to look for cited references for journal articles. There are also citations to books as well but the coverage is not as extensive as for journals. In recent years, other databases have begun providing cited references search capabilities within their databases and some of these provide better access to cited references to books than one presently finds in Web of Science. However, the publishers of Web of Science added Book Citation Index to the compilation of citation indexes in the fall of  2011 and presently have 60,000 books  in the index. They plan to add 10,000 books each year.

This guide lists some of the major databases, including Web of Science, that offer cited references searching and provides brief instructions about how to conduct a cited references search within each database.Web of Science is listed first because of its importance and the other databases are listed in alphabetical order.

Please remember that citation styles (MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, APA, etc.) determine how a citation is indexed so it is important to input author’s names in a variety of ways (Strauss, Gerald; Strauss, G.; Strauss, G*) in order to pick up citations to an author’s work. Some databases give very specific instructions regarding the input of an author’s name and some provide author indexes to facilitate the search. Because many names are identical or similar, it is important to make the search as specific as possible (include titles of articles or books, dates, sources, etc.).

Web of Science

  • Choose Cited Reference Search from drop down  menu next to Basic Search.
  • Default is to all seven indexes. Can specify specific indexes to search under More Settings.
  • Enter last name of author and first name initial followed by an asterisk or select author from an index.
  • Enter an abbreviated journal title. Consult journal abbreviations list
  • If searching for a book, enter the first significant words of the title in the Cited Work search box and truncate last word
  • Other search options available in search box drop down menus
  • Enter cited year or years if available
  • Click Search
  • Find the specific article or book in list of results and check box to the left of the reference. More than one box can be checked
  • To retrieve citing articles, click Finish Search
  • For further information about searching Web of Science, click the Help button at the top of the page.

  • Choose Cited References button at top of page
  • Enter author, title of publication, date, source
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

Business Source Complete

  • Choose Cited References in the Browse column on the right side of the page
  • Enter author, title of publication, source, date
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

  • Choose Cited References button at top of page
  • Enter author, title of publication, source, date
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

  • Choose Cited References button at top of page
  • Enter author, title of publication, source, date
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

Criminal Justice Abstracts

  • Choose Cited References button at top of page
  • Enter author, title of publication, source, date
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

Google Scholar

  • Enter author’s name and title if available
  • Within results, click on Cited By link

Hein Online

  • Choose Law Journal Library
  • Enter author’s name, last name first, and title of article if looking for citations to a particular article
  • Click the Cited By link

  • Choose Cited References button at top of page
  • Enter author, title of publication, date, source
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

MathSciNet (c1996-)

  • Click Citations button at top of the page
  • Enter author’s last name and first initial of first name. Be sure to put a comma between the last name and the initial
  • The publications list will show the number of citations for each publication in descending order
  • Click the number preceding the author and citation
  • Citations box will appear at right of page. Click into From References to see the citing references

  • Choose Cited References button at top of page
  • Enter author, title of publication, source, date
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

PsycInfo

  • Choose Cited References button at top of page
  • Enter author, title of publication, source, date
  • To view citing articles, mark checkboxes next to titles in results list and click Find Citing Articles

PubMed (1996]-)

  • Enter author’s name
  • Click specific title in result list
  • An abstract will appear. To the right of the abstract see Cited By # PubMed Central Articles
  • See list of articles in the PubMed Central database that have cited the original author’s article

ScienceDirect

  • Choose Advanced Search
  • In Search box drop down menus, choose references
  • Enter author’s last name and first name or initials enclosed in quotation marks
  • Enter title of article if available
  • See Cited By in box to right

  • Choose Advanced Search
  • Enter author’s name, last name first and initials
  • Enter title or subject if available
  • In Search box drop down menus, choose reference
  • Search will retrieve citations to the author’s work appearing in the references of citing articles

  • Choose Advanced Search
  • Enter author’s name, last name first and initials
  • Enter title or subject if available
  • In Search box drop down menus, choose reference
  • Search will retrieve citations to the author’s work appearing in the references of citing articles