Locating cited references is useful for finding current articles on a topic, identifying the top researchers in a field, and for tenure decisions.
Cited reference searching is available in indexes such as CINAHL, Communication and Mass Media Index, Sociological Abstracts, Elsevier Science Direct as well as many full-text searchable database. Any full text database may offer the possibility of retrieving items cited in the bibliography that match the search strategy keywords. The Oviatt Library does not have a subscription to the ISI Web of Science databases or to Elsevier Scopus due to budgetary constraints. Free resources are available on the Web:
Cited reference searching should have a search strategy broad enough to allow for the following pitfalls.
EbscoHost Platform (includes CINAHL, Communication and Mass Media Index with full text (CMMI))
Sociological Abstracts on CSA platform
Sage supported searching the references and, if the article is published by Sage, it provides links to citing articles.
Google Scholar a free web search engine, also helps identify cited references in open access journal articles and on websites
Search for the author and/or title in the collection
To search cited references, select the pull down menu under "More" for "Cited References" link on the toolbar of CINAHL:
To search cited references, click the Cited References button, visible in both Basic and Advanced Search tabs in PsycINFO and CMMI.
Search by Cited Author, Cited Source, Cited Title, Cited Date, or All Citation Fields. Use the format Lastname Initial Initial when searching by Cited Author.
Using the advance search option (link on the far right hand side of the search boxes, search within References to locate journal articles that have cited an article, patent or conference paper. For some articles published by Elsevier Group, use the Cited by link in the full record display to locate newer article(s) that have cited that article. This feature is an exact word match in the reference list of each article. The result of this search is heavily dependent that the reference is entered identically into the database. It is important to try all possible formats. To begin, click on All Sources then search the References.
Search for a known article by author and/or title. Select the title to view the abstract and related information. The "Cite by" information box will be on the right hand side of the displayed page.
Emerald provides "Cited by" information in the abstract view for an article. A reference may be discovered through a keyword search.
Sage provides a search of references. Abstracts for articles published in the Sage journal collection provide citation information for articles which cite the publication in question at the bottom of the page. on the left hand side, links to finding citing articles through other resources
If the article is published in Sage journals, it provides a powerful "Cited by" option.
It is more precise to use the advanced search option. Publisher citation searching, SCOPUS, an ISI Web of Science database or Google will generate different results based on their knowledge base. The JSTOR example above shows that the JSTOR knowledge database knows of 12 citations. Google Scholar knows of 238.
Search by author, title, etc. From the list of search results, select the reference(s) you want to trace.
Click the Citing References link
PubMed Central (PMC) is a full-text database. To search for references cited in the full text articles,
Example: PMC search for Reference Author pauling l AND Reference vitamin c:
You cannot search cited references in PubMed directly, but you can find citations and citing articles available in PMC.
Keyword search will retrieve author's name in the references as well as the full text article the author has written. A link will take you to the page scan of the article. On this page, boxes on the right hand side will show the number of articles that cite the author's work in JSTOR and in a separate box, it will provide a link to Google Scholar.
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