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Citation Tracking (Workshop)

Links, examples and materials to accompany a Citation Tracking workshop.

Citation Tracking Tools

Literature Mapping / Co-citation tools

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Carol Cooke
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Rm 226, Brodie Centre, Bannatyne Campus

Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library
727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5

Workshop information

Topic: Citation Tracking: an alternative to literature searching
Audience: interested parties
Date: May 16, 2023
Description:  This hands-on session introduces you to using citation tracking as an alternative method to the traditional literature search.  Topics covered will include the strengths and weaknesses of this method, when to use it and the tools used to do forward and backward citation tracking (Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science).

Example citations

  • [Slide Example]
    Hites, Ronald A. “How To Give a Scientific Talk, Present a Poster, and Write a Research Paper or Proposal.” Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 48, no. 17, Sept. 2014, pp. 9960–64. (Crossref),
  • [Scopus Demo]
    Pautasso, Marco. “Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review.” PLoS Computational Biology, edited by Philip E. Bourne, vol. 9, no. 7, July 2013, p. e1003149. (Crossref),
  • [Web of Sciences Demo]
    Rodgers, Peter. “Writing for Different Readers.” ELife, vol. 6, Mar. 2017, p. e25408. eLife,
  • [Google Scholar Demo]
    Whitesides, G. M. “Whitesides’ Group: Writing a Paper.” Advanced Materials, vol. 16, no. 15, 2004, pp. 1375–77. Wiley Online Library,  


  1. Cecile Janssens: CoCites Workshop. Directed by Lis-Bibliometrics Community, 2021. YouTube, 
  2. Choong, Miew Keen, and Guy Tsafnat. “Role of Citation Tracking in Updating of Systematic Reviews.” AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings, vol. 2014, Apr. 2014, p. 18.
  3. Clarivate. “Related Records.” Web of Science Help, 2021, 
  4. Cooper, Chris, et al. “A Comparison of Results of Empirical Studies of Supplementary Search Techniques and Recommendations in Review Methodology Handbooks: A Methodological Review.” Systematic Reviews, vol. 6, no. 1, Nov. 2017, p. 234. PubMed,
  5. Elsevier. Scopus Tutorial Text Only. 2022,
  6. Glanville, Julie, et al. Citation Analysis - Discovering New Uses Within Systematic Reviews. York Health Economics Consortium Workshop
  7. Google. “Search Help.” Google Scholar, 2022,
  8. Hirt, Julian, et al. “Using Citation Tracking for Systematic Literature Searching - Study Protocol for a Scoping Review of Methodological Studies and a Delphi Study.” F1000Research, vol. 9, 2020, p. 1386. PubMed,
  9. Janssens, A. Cecile J. W., and M. Gwinn. “Novel Citation-Based Search Method for Scientific Literature: Application to Meta-Analyses.” BMC Medical Research Methodology, vol. 15, Oct. 2015, p. 84. PubMed,
  10. Levay, P., et al. “Identifying Evidence for Public Health Guidance: A Comparison of Citation Searching with Web of Science and Google Scholar.” Research Synthesis Methods, vol. 7, no. 1, 2016, pp. 34–45. Scopus, Scopus,
  11. Papaioannou, D., et al. “Literature Searching for Social Science Systematic Reviews: Consideration of a Range of Search Techniques.” Health Information and Libraries Journal, vol. 27, no. 2, 2010, pp. 114–22. Scopus, Scopus,
  12. Tay, Aaron. “List of Innovative Literature mapping tools.” Aaron Tay’s Musings about librarianship, 28 July 2022,