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Scholarly Impact: Citation Metrics

What is Cited Reference Searching?

Cited reference searching is the process of seeking instances in which an article, book, journal, or particular author is cited in another work. Gathering a citation's impact can help the researcher:

  • determine the impact of an article, book, journal, or author in the research of a given field of study
  • identify suitable journals in which to publish
  • monitor latest research in a particular field
  • identify potential research partners.

example graph of an author's citations per year

Determining a Citation's Impact

Cited Reference Search


‚ÄčTo determine how many times an author has been cited in other published works, try either Web of ScienceScopus, or Google Scholar. For instructions, see the help sheet on cited reference search form Hardin Library. 

 

The following PDF guides include step-by-step instructions for cited reference searches in the following databases.