Citation searching, sometimes called cited reference searching, refers to finding articles that have cited a previously published older work (i.e. following research forward). Citation searching can also include looking at the citations within a paper (i.e. the Reference List) to trace research backwards.
The number of times a paper is cited in the work of others can be an indication of its usefulness. Through citation searching, you can discover how a known idea or innovation has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected. Citation analysis can also be used to identify emerging areas of research, identify a field's leading researchers and to assess research output.
CREATION MOVES FORWARD IN SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION
RESEARCH MOVES BACKWARD
The Kettering database Web of Science has a 'Citation Network' box next to each article. This gives a snapshot of how many times the article was cited (forward citation searching) and how many cited references the article contains (backward citation searching.)
The Citation Map below shows a visualization of both backward and forward citation searching. Note that only articles included inside Web of Science are counted.
If you can't find an article inside Kettering's databases, you can request one through our InterLibrary Loan service.
This service is free for students and faculty with a turn around time of one to seven days, depending on availability of the material.
Open access means unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research. This is a list of quality business OA journals that can be accessed free from anywhere.