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Library Resources for Graduate Students: Cited Reference Searching

Cited Reference Searching

Cited reference searching is a means of identifying articles that have cited a particular author, article or book. A cited reference search can help:

  • determine who has cited specific authors or papers
  • discover how an idea has been confirmed, applied or developed over time
  • identify seminal papers on a topic
  • find researchers with common interests
  • assess the impact of a paper

Databases with Cited Reference Searching

Cited reference searching is available in a few databases, but not always for every article mentioned in the database. Scopus is the database with the most comprehensive cited reference listings.