Cited reference searching is a powerful way of tracking research over time. It is a feature unique to the Web of Science database, and can be a bit complicated.
This guide will walk you through the process of identifying articles that have cited a given book or article. Cited reference searching works best when you have a particular title in mind, usually one that is well-known in your field.
Once you have identified an important or influential source on your topic, cited reference searching can help you find articles that have cited it. You can then see articles that have cited those articles--and so on--thus forming a chain of citations.
Cited reference searching allows you to trace the development of ideas throughout the research cycle. Using Web of Science's cited reference search, you can locate articles that have cited particular books and articles, thereby following a chain of citations.
The cited reference search process works best when you've identified an important scholar or research study, and want to discover articles that have cited that research.
Here's how it works:
NOTE: Even though most of the results you get in Web of Science do not provide full-text for the articles (so you will use the Full Text Finder button a lot!), you can essentially view the full-text bibliography of every result by clicking on the number link in 'Cited References.' The items that have links for the titles are items included in the Web of Science.