Citation Tracking

Citation tracking identifies who has cited a particular publication. Authors use it to determine who has cited their work as a research impact measure. Researchers use it for literature reviews or to understand a new area of research by browsing the citing sources and references of a series of published works on a subject. Core researchers and seminal works in a particular field can be identified using citation tracking.

The three main subscription databases used for citation tracking are Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science.

Note: No single database covers all citing sources and there is duplication within the resources.


Basic Search enables an individual article to be located and all subsequent citations to that article in Scopus to be listed.

Author Search enables an individual author to be searched. All articles published by that author in Scopus will be located and citations to those articles listed.

Register with Scopus to receive email notification of new citations to a particular article or author.

Web of Science

Cited Reference Search captures the most comprehensive listing of citing sources and allows searching by cited author, cited work and/or cited year(s). Only the first listed author is indexed.

Register with Web of Science to receive email notification of new citations to a particular article.

Google Scholar

Is the scholarly arm of Google and contains material across many disciplines and sources including journal articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings and theses. Article titles are best searched as a phrase (in inverted commas " ") for greater efficiency. When off campus, login to Google Scholar through the e-Resources link on the library webpage - authentication will ensure access to subscribed material.

Please contact your School Librarian for assistance.