Citation Searching

Scholarship is a conversation, and citations are the thread of that conversation. Learning how to follow citations will help you track down those hard-to-find resources and broaden your search strategy for very current or very specific topics.

Forward Citation Searching using Web of Science

If you want to find works that cited
Sandstrom, MJ & Coie, JD.  (1999).  A developmental perspective on peer rejection: Mechanisms of stability and change. Child Development70,  955-966.

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).

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.