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Effective Database Searching: Cited Reference Searching

This guide to key library databases helps you decide which databases to use and assists you in searching them more effectively.

Use These Databases for Cited Reference Searching

Web of Science


Google Scholar


Note: The Ovid databases (MEDLINE, Cochrane, EMBASE, and PsycINFO) also provide a
Find Citing Articles link next to each citation.

Please also note the citation counts in each of these databases are limited to only the citations from the journals indexed in these databases and, therefore, are not completely exhaustive.

Cited Reference Searching

Cited reference searching operates on the premise that if a particular article is of interest, then articles referenced in that same article, or that later cite the article, are likely of value as well. Searching for cited references can enhance results found by traditional literature searches.  For example, you can use cited reference searching to identify original publications in which an idea or concept was first discussed.  Cited references also provide a way of tracing the path of research activity and demonstrating the effect a published work has on the wider academic community. 



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