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CHEM3322: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry


7. Find Related Articles

Citation Searching

In theory, authors cite an item because it is relevant to the topic of their own work. The original and best-known database for citation searching is Web of Science. Other databases have added this feature, but their citation coverage is weak for older articles.

Web of Science retrieves more citations for this article than SciFindern does

Web of Science SciFindern
2017 article, cited 13 times in Web of Science. Citation link circled in red. Same 2017 article, cited only 13 times in SciFinder-n. Citation links circled in red.


  • Each library database covers a different range of journals, and citation search results will be limited to that collection of journals
  • Because there are many ways to incorrectly cite an article, a citation search is never 100% complete
  • Sometimes authors cite research because they are discussing problems with the methods and/or conclusions