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Web of Science/Web of Knowledge - citations and their uses   Tags: electronic_resources_forum, erf, how to  

A guide on citation resources to accompany the Electronic Resources Forum presentation on Web of Science, with emphasis on applications for Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Last Updated: Aug 7, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Citation Searching

Citation searching is a very useful tool, for finding information on a particular topic (by following up to see who has cited known articles), information on particular authors or articles (how often they are cited by others can be a valuable clue as to their prominence or importance), and even information on journals (citation "impact factors" can help indicate which are the most important journals in a specific field).

Note that citation searching in all its forms must be used with caution: someone's citation of a paper or book doesn't guarantee that they read it (you can find examples of mis-citation that suggest that the citing author has never seen the paper in question!); nor does the lack of a citation mean that the author hasn't read the paper (and they may even have found it to be very important).  It is also necessary to be aware of citation differences in different fields: in some fields papers are much more frequently cited than in others, so you should never directly compare "impact factors" or other citation measures across differing fields. 


  • Citation Indexing, by Eugene Garfield
    Gene Garfield is the "Father of Citation Indexing" in science, social science, and humanities, and is the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), now part of Thomson-Reuters, and creator of Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Humanities Citation Index, now known collectively as Web of Knowledge. His 1979 book, available here for free on the web, is still an important source of information on citation indexing.
  • Web of Knowledge  
    Click on the "Select a Database" tab to see the databases included: Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceedings), Medline, Derwent (patents), and Journal Citation Reports. If you click on the "Web of Science" tab you can click on "Cited Reference Search" for citation searching.

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