Resources for Faculty
Cited Reference Searching for Promotion /Tenure
Cited reference searching is a way of finding articles that have cited a perviously published work. Because many databases index each citation listed in a bibliography, it is possible to search these cited references. One can follow a particular cited reference, or cited author, forward in time to find more current articles that have also cited that author or work.
You may wish to follow cited references for several reasons:
At many universities, citation searching is used as one means of evaluating the research quality of faculty. The basic premise is that the more times an author is cited, the more important s/he is. Although a high number of citations can indicate that an author or article has had a major impact, other factors should be considered:
It is important to note that because of problems inherent in citation analysis, it should not be the only means of faculty evaluation.
Yes. There are many options available.
ISI CITATION DATABASES. The first citation databases were produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) beginning in the 1950s (now owned by Thomson Reuters). Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) are still considered the standard, most comprehensive sources for cited reference searching and are available through the Web of Science (on the ISI Web of Knowledge system). In addition to searching, Web of Science provides many features to assist with managing your references (eg, email alerts, citation analysis, export to EndNote).
SUBJECT DATABASES. Many subject databases now provide some form of cited reference searching:
ELECTRONIC JOURNAL COLLECTIONS. Because electronic journal collections include references within articles, it is possible to search the entire text (e.g., Project Muse, etc). Even better is that many of the collections identify and provide links to citing articles (e.g., JSTOR, , Science Direct, Sage Online, ACM, etc).
GOOGLE SCHOLAR. Google Scholar is a free resource that includes materials "from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations" on all topics. Many of the articles will include the number of articles citing that item ("Cited by ##") and will link to them.
BOOKS. Finding citations in books is problematic. The growing availability of full-text electronic book collections will make citation searching in books more feasible in the future. You may wish to try Google Book Search, Google's project to "digitize the world's books" -- "author last name, first name" to find cited references in books.
INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES. Another approach is to search "author last name, first name" in various Internet search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc) to find out if anyone is referencing your works in Web pages (e.g., bibliographies, course reading lists).