Cited reference searching is the process of determining what articles have cited a particular article over time. Tracking cited references can be valuable for a variety of reasons:
-to determine who has cited specific papers or authors
-to discover how an idea or innovation has been confirmed, applied, corrected, or developed over time
-to identify seminal papers
-to identify other researchers with common interests
-as a means of assessing the impact of an individual's publications for purposes of promotion and tenure
-as an indicator of a publication's influence1
Databases offer various tools that allow one to conduct cited reference searching, including "cited reference" indexes or full-text search that can scour bibliography pages.
This guide will chart the methods in which a UWM researcher can perform cited reference searching.
1. Marquette.edu. “Cited Reference Searching & Journal Rankings.” Last modified May 9th, 2011. http://libguides.marquette.edu/citedref