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Here are some step-by-step instructions on building a Cited Reference search in Web of Science.

  1. Select Cited Reference Search.
  2. You can search by author, title, and a variety of other options.
  3. Once you have found the cited item, select it and finish search to retrieve the articles that cited that item.

Cited Reference Search

With the cited reference search, you can search for articles that cited a specific article. To do so, select Cited References on the home Search screen.

You can search different fields by selecting the desired field from the drop-down menu. For example, searching by Cited Author using an author's name allows you to retrieve results that have cited that author.

The default results list are ordered alphabetically by author. You can reorganize the list by the options to the right of Cited Author. You will need to manually select the results that you desire using the selection boxes in the left of the results page. Once you have selected your desired results, select the See Results button. This will provide a list of resources that cite your selections.

If you want to find all articles citing a particular author, first search by author in Cited Reference Search. You will have to select every instance that author's name appears, then use the See Results button.

When you search by author, you may have to try
♦   a variation of their name
♦   full last name and only first initial of first name

Another way to find what articles cited an article is to click on the number of citations listed next to that article. This option can be found in individual source records, and also in the results list after conducting searches in Cited References.

Refine Cited Reference Results

Once you have the results, you will see all the articles citing this author's works. You can refine further to see citations from a specific year, or from a specific organization. This is useful if you are trying to find an article that cited your author from a specific university and year, for example.


Cited Reference Search Tutorial