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Citation Searching and Tracking - Citation Tracking & Bibliometrics - Research Guides at Stevens Institute of Technology


Citation Tracking & Bibliometrics

This guide helps
people learn about the citation searching process and the citation
indexes available to the world of scholarly publishing.

Citation Searches

People perform citation searches for a variety of reasons. Professors
applying for tenure or promotion may want to know how many times their
scholarly publications have been cited. Researchers and students may
wish to know what kind of impact a particular publication has had in its

"Being cited" means that your scholarly publication has been cited by
another author; the author refers to your publication within his or her
publication and includes the bibliographic citation in the works cited

A citation search retrieves information about the publications that have cited a specific publication or an author.

Things to Consider

How we use citation search results and bibliometrics can have
significant and serious impact on our professional lives. Be sure to
consider the many aspects of the use of this data before moving forward.

When you're performing a citation search, it's best to use several
databases to try to ensure you're capturing as much information as
possible. Don't settle for the results in just one database. At this
time, it's recommended that you use the following three databases:

Each vendor that offers bibliometric measures primarily uses its own
unique data, journals, authority files, indexes, and subject categories.
Potentially, any database with citations could create bibliometric

How To Do A Citation Search

At this time, it is suggested that a thorough citation search should
include the use of the Scopus and Web of Science databases, in addition
to Google Scholar, as each database provides varying, and also
overlapping, coverage. Furthermore, the combination of searching the
three databases does not necessarily guarantee that you've obtained
every citation in existence for a particular paper.

Students wishing to perform citation searches of a particular author are encouraged to use either Scopus or Web of Science.

Questions? Want to meet to discuss citation searching further? Get in touch with one of the Research Servies Librarians:

Citation Searching Tool

Publish or Perish by
Anne-Wil Harzing (Melbourne University) is a PC application that
collects citation data from Google Scholar and then analyzes it by
various means of scholar impact (including the h-index, g-index, and

Note: as Google Scholar citations are based on the search engine's
spiders and not human input, they are subject to errors such as counting
duplicate entries and other problems that skew the results. While PoP
is a useful tool, its data should not be taken as infallible.

Citation Tracking: Databases with citation alerts

Citation tracking lets you follow a particular author or paper
and how it's being cited at present. You can choose to set up a personal
account with the following databases so that you're alerted when a
specific publication or author is cited:

Search Google Scholar

Every academic author should set up their "My Citations" account in Google Scholar,
found in the menu bar in Google Scholar when the user is signed into
Google, to create a definitive collection of documents found within
Scholar when the author's name or article keywords appear in a results
list. Authors can manually enter bibliographic information for documents
or find them within Scholar and link them back to the My Citations

Also in Google Scholar,
you can set your Scholar Preferences (click on the "Options" gear icon
in the upper-right corner) to specify that you're a member of the
Stevens community.  This will allow you to search for articles in Google
Scholar and link to the Stevens library's subscription databases to obtain the full text of documents.

Citation Searching and Tracking - Citation Tracking & Bibliometrics - Research Guides at Stevens Institute of Technology

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