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Key socio-cultural anthropology databases

Key linguistics databases

Searching for a specific article on the library homepage

Interdisciplinary databases

Highly cited articles

How to find a resource's 'cited-by' information

Each article database is different, but many tend to follow similar patterns in accessing citation information.  Below you'll find some tips on finding this information for some of the more popular databases.

Web of Science (via Web of Knowledge)

  • After searching for a topic, sort results by 'times cited' instead of publication date (the default option)

  • Users can also select the 'cited reference search' option at the top of the screen to search for articles that cite someone's work:

ProQuest Databases (IBSS, FRANCIS)

  • 'Cited by' information is provided for each document, but it is not possible to sort search results by citations

Google Scholar

  • 'Cited by' information appears directly below the resource link, and includes journal articles, books, and papers
    • Note: Google searches full text, as opposed to title, descriptor, and abstract, so users may find the pulled material is less relevant


  • After searching for a topic, results are displayed by date, with newest results at the top
  • You can sort your search results by citation instead:

By Patricia Bellamy