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Cited Reference Searching and Bibliography Mining

In most disciplines, two key research strategies involve careful investigation of citations and bibliographies.

  1. Mining the bibliographies of things you've found to look for further useful reading (see the page Have a Citation but Want to Find The Actual Text)
  2. Looking for scholarship that has cited particularly interesting things you've found (called "cited reference searching," outlined below)

Cited Reference Searching in Google Scholar

"Cited By"

Works the cited a particular original work.

  1. Search for a topic or work in Google Scholar
  2. Click the "cited by" link under a relevant result
  3. The resulting works will all cite the first work

"Related"

Works the cite many of the same things that a particular work cites.

  1. Search for a topic or work in Google Scholar
  2. Click the "Related Articles" link under a relevant result
  3. The resulting works will cite one or more articles that the first work cited

Searching within a result list

  1. Checking the "search within citing items" box at the top of the result list and then entering a new search.

 

Cited Reference Searching in Web of Science

"Cited By"

Works the cited a particular original work.

  1. In the Web of Science, select the "Cited Reference Search" Tab

  2. Fill in the author and publication date information exactly as described in the examples provided in those search boxes (typically the "cited Work" field isn't very useful since these get abbreviated so many different ways)
  3. On the next page(s), select all the entries that could be citations for the work you are searching for
  4. Click "Finish Search at the bottom of the page.
  5. The resulting works will all cite the work you searched for.

"Related"

Works the cite many of the same things that a particular work cites.

  1. Open up an interesting article in Web of Science
  2. Look in the left-hand information box for a link to "View Related Records"
  3. The resulting works will cite one or more articles that the first work cited.

Search Within

  1. After doing a search, look at the right-hand column on the search result page.
  2. Enter new search terms in the "Refine Results" box.