Use Web of Science Databases for Cited Reference Searching

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Welcome to this Information and Library Services tutorial on using Web of Science databases for cited reference searching.  This tutorial will take approximately five minutes to review.

The three Web of Science databases that the UMUC library subscribes to are Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, and Social Sciences Citation Index.

These databases can be used for cited reference searching -- that is, you can use these databases to find articles that have cited other articles, books, reports, etc.

You may access the library's Web of Science databases by going to the library's home page and then clicking on the "Research Databases" link.

On the Research Databases page, click on the "W" link and then click on "Web of Science."

As with other UMUC library databases, you will need to log in with your last name and either your 7-digit EMPL ID or your 14-digit library barcode number.

From the main Web of Science page, you may then select the database or databases that you wish to search. As you may suspect from their names, Arts & Humanities Citation Index contains citation information for journals in the arts and humanities.  Science Citation Index Expanded contains citation information for journals in the hard sciences, such as biology, chemistry, computer science, and math.  And Social Sciences Citation Index contains citation information for journals in the social and behavioral sciences, such as education, management, psychology, and sociology.

You may also go straight to the particular Web of Science database that you want to search by clicking on the appropriate link on the library's "Research databases" page.

For the purposes of this demonstration, we will be searching for articles that have cited the article whose APA citation is shown on this slide:

Hofstede, G. (1984). The cultural relativity of the quality of life concept. Academy of Management Review, 9(3), 389-398. Retrieved from

Because this article is social science-related, we will search in Social Sciences Citation Index for articles that have cited it.

Next, we'll click on the "Cited Reference Search" link at the top of the page.

We can now enter information about the article that we're interested in.

The three pieces of information that we may enter for any document are author's name, source name, and publication year.  You don't need to enter all three pieces of information when searching, but it's a good idea to do this if there's a chance that the author whose work you're interested in may have published more than one article in the journal or more than one document in that year.

In this case, we'll start by entering the author's last name. It's a good idea to enter the author's first initial as well, especially if the last name is a common one.  It's also recommended that you truncate the author's name by putting an asterisk after the first initial, as we've done in this example.  This will account for different ways that the author's name may appear in articles that cited the author's article.

Incidentally, if an article has more than one author, you should just search for the first author's name.

To enter the name of the journal in which the article was published, Academy of Management Review, we'll need to find out how the journal's title is abbreviated in this database, which we can do by clicking on the "journal abbreviation list" link.

If we scroll down the page, we'll see the abbreviation used for the journal.

We can then copy the abbreviation by highlighting it with the mouse, right clicking on it, and selecting "copy."

We can then paste the abbreviation into our search box by right clicking in the search box and then selecting "paste."

Lastly, we'll enter the publication year of the article and then click on "Search."

On the search results page, we see several different entries.  This is because we're seeing information about the 129 articles that correctly cited the article that we're interested in as well as information about the seven articles that didn't cite it correctly.

As you may recall, the article that we're looking for was published in volume 9 of the journal, but you can see here that three authors cited the article without listing a volume number for it and that four authors cited it and listed volume 27 instead of volume 9.  The Web of Science databases refer to these incorrect citations as cited reference variants.

To see a list of all of the articles that cited the article that we're interested in, we can click on the "Select All" button and then click on the "Finish Search" button.

We'll then see a list of all of the articles that cited the article we're interested in and that also have information available in this Web of Science database.

Because the Web of Science databases are citation databases rather than full-text databases, we won't see a link for the full text of any of the articles, but we can click on the Find It button to search for the full text of an article in other UMUC library databases.

In this case, for example, full text of the article is available from two other UMUC library databases, and we can click on the link for any of these databases to be taken to the database, where we can access the full-text article.

If you have any questions about how to use the Web of Science databases, please visit the library's Web site and use the "Ask a Librarian" options to contact us.

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