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Cited Reference Searching, 2015 Revision: Welcome


Cited reference searching is the process of determining what publications have cited a previously published item.  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 key 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 influence

       This guide charts the methods in which a UWM researcher can perform cited reference searching.  Some databases,such as Google Scholar and Web of Knowledge provde a “Cited By” hotlink for quick identification.  Others rely on indexed “Works Cited” lists or offer searchable full-text documents through which citations can be gleaned. 

       For assistance in identifying the resources most relevant to you, request an individual research consultation for yourself or a more formal workshop for a group using the UWM Libraries Workshop Request Form.

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