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Library DIY

Navigating UWG library resources and research

Who has cited a work

Find out how many times the article has been cited with Google Scholar or the library databases Web of Science (for all disciplines but leans towards the sciences and social sciences). Finding out how many times an article has been cited can help you identify the impact that research has had. It also can help you find other articles on a similar topic. It is a good strategy to employ when you have found an article and want to find more.

Note: Use Web of Science to see only scholarly articles. Google Scholar lists more than articles that have cited a work (for example, presentations, conference proceedings).

Note: You won't find "cited by" or "cited reference" results for new publications. This is because it takes time for an article to get published and then discovered by another author who reads it, cites it, and publishes their article referring to the first one. If you do not find that anyone has cited a recent article, that does not necessarily mean that the article is not important. 

Finding citations in Google Scholar

Search for the article title. At the bottom of the record, click the "Cited by" link to see works that have cited the article.


A screenshot of Google Scholar search results with a circle around the number of times the item has been cited.


Finding citations in Web of Science (a.k.a. Web of Knowledge)

Change the search screen from Topic to Cited Reference search. Then:

  • Type in the author's name. (Follow the General Tips guidelines.)
  • Select the relevant citation index (Arts & Humanities; Science; and/or Social Sciences)
  • Select the relevant citation years
  • Select the records you want from each page
    • Look for typos
    • Watch for inverted titles
    • Check all the ways the author's name could be entered
  • Choose your sort options
    • To sort results by citation frequency select "Times Cited - highest to lowest."


A screenshot of Web of Science search results with an arrow pointing to the number of times the item has been cited.

When looking at a single information record in Web of Science, you can view who has cited the record in the "Times Cited" box in the upper right.

A screenshot of Web of Science article record with an arrow pointing to the number of times the item has been cited.


Using PlumX Metrics

When you look at the results of a search you do in Multi-Search, you will sometimes see this PlumX Metrics icon underneath an article:

An image of the PlumX Metrics icon which has 5 different colored circles on spokes off of a center hub and the words "PlumX Metrics"

When you hold your mouse over the icon you will see a summary of the information PlumX has about the article or book.

PlumX summary page that shows Citation Indexes: 10; Abstract Views 192; Link-outs: 34; Full Text Views: 27; Readers: 32; Exports-Saves: 63; Blog Mentions: 1; References: 1; Social Media Shares, Likes and Comments: 72770. There is a link that says "See details"

If you click on "see details" you will see where PlumX has collected the information:

Detailed view of PlumX Metrics showing which citation indexes and social media platforms generated the results in the brief view.