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Citation searching

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Citation searching

Searching for information, via the Library Catalogue or a database, usually involves a search using key words and descriptors. A less common, but highly effective search technique known as citation searching is also useful.

Citation searching (also known as cited reference searching) is used if you have already identified a relevant book or journal article on the subject you are researching. Starting from the book or journal article you have identified, citation searching takes you forward in time by identifying more recent articles that cite that book or article. Citation searching usually works best if your known reference is of high quality, is authored by leaders in the field, and is limited to the subject you are researching.

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Cited Reference Search on Web of Science

A video guide to citation searching in the Web of Science. Refer to the Web of Science user guide for a quick overview of how to use the Cited Reference Search.

Citation Alerts on Web of Science

Create citation alerts and receive notification by email whenever your article is cited in the future. A very easy way to keep up-to-date.

How it works ...


An important research article for my topic is:

Buxton, M., Hanney, S. and Jones, T. (2004) Estimating the economic value to societies of the impact of health research: a critical review. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 82, 733-739.

How many citations has it received?

Using the Cited Reference Search on Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge) you can find over 50 articles which have cited this one, even when the 'Times Cited' score is significantly less than this.

Citation searching on databases

Citation searching is available on a number of databases:


Remember to look at the references at the end of relevant books, book chapters and articles to identify further relevant materials. Consulting lists of references takes you back in time to previously published literature.