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Citation Analysis, simplified - measuring your research impact (UWISTA): Citation Analysis

Use this guide to find information about: • Citation analysis • Author citation analysis using Google Scholar • The ISI Web of Knowledge database • Journal Impact Factor • Other related information

About this guide

In this guide you will find:

  • General Information about citation analysis
  • Guidance on using Google Scholar for author citation analysis
  • Information on the Web of Knowledge
  • Guidance on understanding the Journal Impact Factor
  • Other related information

Sources of Citations

Using citations to find other sources of information is a popular practice and can be conducted in any full text database wherein the bibliography for articles are included.

Popular databases include:

Allows you to search for journal articles, books, proceedings, and other published works that have cited a previously published work

Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications

Citation Analysis

What is Citation Analysis?

Citation Analysis, also called bibliometrics, is the study of citations to and from documents. This study allows one to determine the impact of one's work by the frequency with which it is cited.

Common bibliometric databases are:

According to the Dictionary for Library and Information Science, bibliometrics is the "use of mathematical and statistical methods to study and identify patterns in the usage of materials and services within a library or to analyze the historical development of a specific body of literature, especially its authorship, publication and use." (2004, 73]