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2. Find & Manage Research Literature: Cited Reference Searching

A guide to finding and managing your literature

Additional Sources

Cited references are a feature on many databases. 
For example, EBSCO databasesScienceDirect and
MathSciNet all include cited references.

Citation Alerts

A citation alert notifies you by email when a selected article is cited by another article. Citation Alerts can be set up in Scopus, ScienceDirect and Google Scholar.


What is cited reference searching?

Cited reference searching enables you to find articles that have cited a particular author, article or book. Cited reference searching is useful to:

  • find out how research has been applied or developed.
  • identify important articles in a field.
  • locate current research based on earlier research.
  • track your own research.

How can I do a cited reference search?

Use one of the following databases:

Scopus is a multidisciplinary database covering sciences and social sciences.

  • Follow the cited by links in the search results. Results can be sorted by the number of times cited.
  • Use the citation tracker feature to find out the number of times an article or author has been cited over a period of time.
  • Select an author search to search for papers by a particular author

Google Scholar 
Google Scholar search results have a "cited by" link in the search results that can be used to find articles which have referenced a particular paper. It is also possible to search through the cited references using relevant keywords.