Web of Science – How to do a Cited Reference Search

Running a Basic Search in Web of Science Core
Collection searches source records in the database. I’m looking for an article titled, “Measuring
Inconsistency in Meta Analyses.” I see that this article was published in the
British Medical Journal. From the full record view, I can see all of
the bibliographic information captured for this item. I can also see the number of items in WoS
Core Collection that have cited this article. Our algorithmic citation linking unifies and
accounts for most, but not necessarily all citations to a publication. I may want to conduct a cited reference search
to see if other citations may exist. To begin a Cited Reference Search, navigate
to the Cited Reference Search panel and start with what you know about an item. This is Step 1 of the search. You may not always have complete information
about the publication you’re looking for, but you can use any of the available search
fields to help you get started. Cited Author searches the individual or group
credited with authorship. Cited Work searches the publication where
the item appeared, e.g. the name of the journal. Cited Year searches the year of publication. Cited Volume, Issue and Page search the publication
details. Cited Title searches the article or book chapter
title. The default search fields are Cited Author,
Cited Work, and Cited Year. I have this information for the article, so
I’ll start with those. For the Cited Work field, make sure to include
the standard abbreviation from the list. You can also include other variations in ways
that the journal might be cited by an author. I see a list of articles returned that match
my search. They’re shown in abbreviated format but
I can click Show Expanded Titles to see more. I can sort the table using the Up/Down arrows. I’ll organize the table by the number of
citations. The article was published in British Medical
Journal in 2003, and the primary Cited Author is Higgins. One of the titles is hyperlinked and takes
me to the record in WoS Core Collection, which we found when we did the Basic Search by article
title. The other items in this lookup table are citation
variants. They share some of the same data in common,
but cite the acronym of the journal (BMJ) and don’t include an issue number for the
journal. They also cite incorrect pages. Citation variants are most often the result
of mistakes in the cited title, volume, issue, page or year fields. If I’d like to work with this data outside
of the Web of Science, I can export the table to an XLS or Tab-delimited file. Up to 5,000 rows can be exported. If not, I can complete Step 2 of the search
to return the citing articles that reference this BMJ publication. Use the Select Page or Select All button at
the top or bottom of the table to mark all the citations to this article. You can always deselect any references you
do not want to include. For example, when I look at the expanded titles,
I can see that this entry is a citation to a different article. Finally, click Finish Search. When we add all of the variants and finish
the search, we have a more comprehensive list of citing articles for this item. You might also want to try searching for citations
to non-journal literature. Web of Science captures citations to all kinds
of cited items, so this can be a great strategy for finding publications, particularly in
the social sciences and humanities, when the research area’s terms can be difficult to
define. You can find articles that cite works of art,
books or newspaper articles. For example, by searching by Cited Author
and Cited Work, I can collect citations from the scholarly literature to Malcolm Gladwell’s
book Blink. For books, leave the Cited Year field blank
to collect citations to different editions. The Cited Work field is for book titles, and
the Cited Title field is for book chapter titles.

Comments 1

  • Hello, I want to do the opposite,
    I have a couple of article and i want to know the most common cited references between these articles.

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