Cited reference searching is a way of finding articles that have cited a previously published work. Because many databases index each citation listed in a bibliography, it is possible to search these cited references. One can follow a particular cited reference, or cited author, forward in time to find more current articles that have also cited that author or work.
You may wish to follow cited references for these reasons:
- to locate current research based on earlier research, patents, reports, etc
- to find out how many times and where a publication is being cited
- to find out how a particular research topic is being used to support other research
- to track the history of a research idea
- to track the research of a colleague, or your own
- to identify journals for publishing opportunities
Source: Cited Reference Searching for Promotion /Tenure, Old Dominion University Libraries.
There are several widely recognized sources for tracking cited references:
The subject databases and e-journal collections listed below usually count only those cited references that are included within that particular database.