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Research Skills: Citation searching

A guide to help you improve your research skills: make the most of your time to find and retrieve the information you need.

Overview - Finding Information: Citation Searching

This guide provides tutorials on how to conduct a citation search in the four key citation databases: 

  1. Scopus: is a multi-displinary database indexing over 19,000 journals and other materials.
  2. Web of Science: is a multi-disciplinary bibliographic database which indexes over 11,000 journals, as well as smaller citation indexes of monographs, books and conference papers. 
  3. Dimensions: Provides a free interface (for personal, non-commercial research) to search across millions of publications and citations.
  4. Google Scholar: Free to access, and covers a huge range of content, including many theses, pre-prints and book chapters not found in other databases.

We recommend you review Part 5 of our 'Constructing a Search' guide here to explain what we mean by citation searching, and why it may be of use to you.

Web of Science: Cited Reference Search

You can access Web of Science through the Library, here.

Dimensions: Overview of Dimensions Free

You can access Dimensions Free, here.

Scopus: Expanding your search

You can access Scopus through the Library, here.

Google Scholar - Citation Searching

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