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HDSR 488: Field Study Seminar: Finding Forward Citations

What are "Forward Citations"?

Usually, you look at the references that an author included when they wrote a particular piece. This is "backward citation searching" because you will only find references that were written and published BEFORE the piece you're reading.

"Forward citation searching" allows you to see which things written AFTER the piece you're reading include your piece among their references.


Forward Citations

You can also use Google Scholar

  • Type in the title of the article or book you've found
  • Look for the link to your work
  • Beneath the link, it will often (but not always) say "Cited by __"
  • Your new search should say the name of your work at the top of the list of results.
  • If you have many results and you searched for the title of the book, you can try searching within your results for the chapter title.

Most likely, chapters of books will not appear as separate entries, so you'll have to sort out whether the Citing Work is really referring to your chapter or to some other part of the book.

Google scholar will give you a link if Earlham has full-text access to the thing you're interested in. If not, you should request that item through Interlibrary Loan - any librarian can help you if you need help with that process.

Forward Citations

Web of Science in an indexing tool that will help you find works that cite an article that appeared in the scholarly literature indexed by WoS. Web of Science indexes science, social science, and arts & humanities scholarly journals.

Searching reminders for Web of Science:

  • Follow their instructions on entering your author's name
  • Search within the results, if necessary to limit the results
  • Find the work you're interested in, click on it
  • Click the Citing Works link on the right hand side

As you find articles that seem promising, you can check the box to add them to your list of "Marked Records" and then review that list at the end of your session. You can export the list, print it, or just cut and paste it into a Word doc.

Web of Science does not index ALL possible relevant journals. It often doesn't show all cited references to books or book chapters. You may need to use other databases to get a comprehensive search. Some other databases, including PsycINFO, will allow cited author searches for the journals and conference proceedings that they cover.


If your article is in JSTOR, when you look it up, there will usually be a link on the right to "Items Citing this Item" - hurray!

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