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Web of Science: Using a Citation Database: Summary



Citations reveal relationships that exist between publications. They enable you trace how an idea has been confirmed, applied, extended or corrected in later publications. They provide a way to find additional papers that might not be found in a topic search. And, they can also help you identify core or classic works that might be overlooked in a topic search.

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Sort your search results by Times Cited to find highly cited papers. These are often influential or classic works on a topic.

Highly cited papers are likely to be older than more recent papers. After you sort by Times Cited, use the Refine Search feature to filter results to more recent dates and see papers that have had the most influence in recent years.

Grow a pearl:

  1. Click the Times Cited number on a search record to view the papers that have cited that article in Web of Science. The citing references will likely be about similar or related topics.

  2. Click the Cited References number on a search record to see the references listed in that article's bibliography. The cited references will be about similar or related topics. 

    Note that citations in a cited reference list are often highly cited. An article's reference list can be a good source of classic papers and new pearls.

Click the Related Records link on a search record to see references that share one or more citations with the parent record. A Related Records search provides another avenue for finding relevant papers on a topic. The more cited references two articles share, the closer the subject relationship.