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CHEM 6611: Scientific Communication in Chemistry

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Citation Searching

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 far more citations for this older article than SciFinder-N does

Web of Science SciFinder-N
Web of Science search result for a 1984 article, cited 52 times. Citation link circled in red. SciFinder-N search result for the same 1984, cited only 14 times. Citation links circled in red.
  • Caution signEach library database covers a different range of journals, and citation search results will be limited to that collection of journals
  • Caution signBecause there are many ways to incorrectly cite an article, a citation search is never 100% complete
  • Caution signSometimes authors cite research because they are discussing problems with the methods and/or conclusions