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How to find citations

In a citation index you can find which articles cite or are cited by other articles. In the Web of Science you search three large citation indexes: the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. They contain citations from journal articles since 1975.

Finding citations of books

For example, you would like to know if Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species by means of natural selection [ etc.] (1859) has been cited in 2012.

  1. In Web of Science, click Cited Reference Search in the pull-down menu next to Basic Search and enter the required data, i.e. Author: darwin c*, Cited Work: origin species* , and Cited Year(s): 1859 

    Under Current Limits set the Timespan to 2012 and click Search

  2. Click Select All to select all articles which cited Darwin’s work in 2012
  3. Click Finish Search to see the bibliographic data of the articles

Finding citations of journal articles

Example: has the journal article Keeping London working by Jon May (et al.), published in 2007, been cited by anyone?

Enter the data you know in the Basic Search screen of Web of Science : title keeping london working and author may j and click Search. Click the title of the relevant article. Citation data are shown on the right. The number at Times Cited links to the citing articles.

Click Create Citation Alert to be alerted to a specific article. Each time there is a new citation to it, you will receive an e-mail alert. To use this service you must register in Web of Science .