Renaissance Time

Prof. Solum
Spring 2020

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About Forward Citation Searching

This is a tremendously interesting and powerful research technique. Use citation searching to discover sources that have cited a work you already have; in this way you can follow the influence of scholarly works forward in time and you can discern quickly which sources have been especially influential in the field (if a work relevant to your topic is cited numerous times, you should probably check it out!)

With Arts & Humanities Citation Index

If you want to find works that cited

Nordenfalk, Carl. "The five senses in late medieval and Renaissance art." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 48 (1985): 1-22.

Connect to Web of Sciencechoose Cited Reference Search, and follow these steps:

Step 1

In the Cited Author field, enter the author's last name followed by the initial for the first name and an asterisk (*). The asterisk is added at the end in order to search for any middle initials the author might have. Even if you know the middle initial, it is better to put the asterisk in order to find citations where the citing author did not include the middle initial in their citation.

For the Cited Work, titles of books and journals are often abbreviated in various ways. Misspellings found in bibliographies are not corrected, so it is often a good idea to enter a portion of the first word of the title followed by the asterisk or just the Cited Year(s).

Web of Science Cited Reference Search screen, with "cited reference search", "author", and "year" fields circled.

Step 2

Before hitting the "search" button, scroll down and click "more settings".  Uncheck all boxes except Arts and Humanities Citation Index and Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities.

Web of Science Citation Search, limited to Arts & Humanities indexes.

Step 3

The next screen lists possible citations for the original work. Citation variations are often due to a paper's volume, page, and year being cited incorrectly by the citing author. Select the boxes next to ALL the citations that resemble the original citation and then click Finish Search.

Screenshot showing multiple variations of the citation.

Step 4

On the results screen, you will have a list of all articles included in the Web of Science database that cite your original book or article.  You can refine the search based on Web of Science Categories to get a sense of how the book or article has been used by scholars in different fields.

The results of the citation search

With Google Scholar

To use Google Scholar as a resource for citation searching, search for the title of the book or article.  Choose the "Cited by" link.   The resulting list will include articles and websites that cite the original work as well as books scanned through the Google Books project.

Citation in Google Scholar, with the "cited by" and "Full Text @ Williams" sections circled.

On the resulting list, use the Fulltext@Williams link (sometimes hidden under the double right arrows) to check whether we have the item in our collection.  Note: there may be more than one entry for your reference.