A number of databases provide the means of determining where a particular work or author has been cited by other authors in other works, frequently allowing you to trace the influence of an idea or theory among scholars and thinkers responding to it over time.
Web of Science - Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Science Citation Index Expanded, and several other sub-databases, this resource supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person's work.
Scopus - Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.
Google Scholar - Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.
Journal Citation Reports - A database that facilitates the evaluation and comparison of journals, using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries; provides information on the most frequently cited, the highest impact, and the largest journals in a field.
A number of excellent training materials on various aspects of Web of Science searching can be found here.
Scopus online tutorials and other useful information can be found here.
The About Google Scholar page provides useful guidance on searching, citations, metrics, and other features and capabilities of Scholar. Our library has also produced a Google Scholar video tutorial accessible via Vialogues.
Selected Articles on Citation Analysis and Bibliometric Evaluation of Research Output
- Alonso, S.; Cabrerizo, F. J.; Herrera-Viedma, E.; Herrera, F. (2009). h-index: A review focused in its variants, computation and standardization for different scientific fields. Journal of Informetrics, 3(4): 273–289.
- Althouse, B. M., West, J. D., Bergstrom, C. T. and Bergstrom, T. (2009). Differences in impact factor across fields and over time. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60: 27–34.
- Bharvi, D., Garg, K., & Bali, A. (2003). Scientometrics of the international journal Scientometrics. Scientometrics, 56(1), 81-93.
- Hirsch, J. E. (2005). An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(46), 16569-16572.
- Hirsch, J.E. (2010). An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output that takes into account the effect of multiple coauthorship. Scientometrics, 85(3), 741-754.
- Hudson, J. (2007). Be known by the company you keep: Citations — quality or chance? Scientometrics, 71(2), 231-238.
- Lange, L. (2001). Citation counts of multi-authored papers — first-named authors and further authors. Scientometrics, 52(3), 457-470.
- Norris, M., Oppenheim, C. and Rowland, F. (2008). The citation advantage of open-access articles. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 59: 1963–1972.
- Yang, K. and Meho, L. I. (2006). Citation analysis: A comparison of Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 43: 1–15.