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Citation Searching

The following instructions are guidelines to get you started on a citation search. The UCF Libraries also offer a fee-based service to perform citation searches for faculty. Contact InfoSource for more details.

Web of Science

Web of Science is a database containing Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Web of Science may be used to search for an author or for a specific publication to determine how many times the author or work has been cited.

Disclaimer:  Web of Science is the most popular database used for citation searching, but it is not the only one!  Depending on your discipline, there may be other options.  Check with your subject liaison librarian.

How to Find Out How many Times a Publication or Author has been Cited (using Web of Science)

1) Start at the Libraries Home Page (

2) Click on Articles & Databases, then choose W from the alphabet near the top of the page.

Note, if you're off campus, you will need to enter your 14-digit library ID Number from your UCF Card to proceed (more information).

3) Click on Web of Science in the alphabetic list.

4) Select from the Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index in the "database(s) and time span" section on the lower portion of the screen.

5) Choose a time span for your search on the right side of the screen.

6) Then click on Cited Reference Search near the middle of the screen.

7) Type in the authorís last name, followed by the first and second initials. Use the asterisk if the second initial is unknown.

screen capture of search screen.  cited author: hickey tl

8) Check off the relevant publications from the Cited Reference Index.

9) Click Finish Search at the top of the screen. The resulting list will be the articles that have cited the selected publications.

Web of Science is a database that can be helpful, but can also be confusing!  Please contact the Ask A Librarian service, or make an appointment with a Reference Librarian if you need assistance with this or any other database or library resource.

Last updated August 10, 2011 12:07:43 PM

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