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Graduate Student Resources: Citation Searching

Which One Do You Use?

These are the strengths of each resource:

Web of Science

- sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts coverage

- older publications

- conference proceedings


- interface design/search features

- recent content (1996-)

- the sciences

- conference proceedings

Google Scholar

- number of articles found

- international/multilingual coverage

- coverage of citatiions in books and other non-journal sources

Cited Reference Searching

Cited reference searching is complementary to subject (keyword) searching.

If you have a journal article that is relevent to your research, finding articles that have cited it is easily carried out with the databases below.

These are the primary citation resources, although some subject specific databases such as SciFinder Scholar (chemistry) have links to citing articles.


Web of Science Cited Reference Search Tutorial

Scopus Tutorial

Choose Web of Science Core Collection for cited reference searching.

Databases within Web of Science Core Collection include:

  • Web of Science (includes Social Science and Arts & Humanities Citation Index)
  • Book Citation Index
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • Current Chemical Reactions
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Index Chemicus​