Cited reference searching

Cited reference searching allows you to find articles that are related, by finding those an author used when writing their own. You can use it to broaden your research:

  • by working forwards in time (finding out where the article has been cited in more recent work).
  • by working backwards in time (following up the citations or references given in the article).

Benefits are:

  • finding the original work on which a piece of research is based.
  • finding authors working in a similar field.
  • identifying trends in research.

Online citation searching allows easy retrieval of records that have been cited in the selected article as well as those which have later cited that article. A key database that has the facility for citation searching is Web of Science. There are other databases that provide details of cited references, check the help option. Google Scholar also provides citation information for articles, books and other materials

Web of Science indexes articles from key research journals across the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. A useful feature of Web of Science is that it includes the cited references (bibliography) for articles in the database, and you can also search for a specific cited reference.

Cited reference searching on Web of Science

  • Follow the link to connect to the database Web of Science.
  • Log in with your Brookes login - your student number and portal password. Click the connection link.
  • Choose Web of Science from the drop down list next to 'All Databases'.
  • Select the Cited Reference Search option above the search boxes.
  • Complete the details of the author or article in the search box as instructed on the screen and click Search.
  • Details of the articles that match your criteria will be displayed. Select an article for citation information.

It is also possible to set up citation alerts on Web of Science - you will then be emailed every time a new article is indexed which includes the original article in its cited references.

Get help

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian (select course resource area from list on page)