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Who has cited this article?

You've found an article that is right on target for your project, but need more sources. There are a couple of easy ways to find additional sources.

  • Scan the list of references at the end of the article - these are the sources the authors used to write their paper. Often some will be useful but the papers will be older than the one you have.
  • Check to see if anyone has cited the 'on target' paper - this will get you newer research. Most databases will show you if anyone has cited an article.

    For example, Roger del Moral wrote an article in 1995 called Early primary succession on Mount St. Helens, Washington, USA. If you look up that article in BIOSIS and look to the right of the title, you'll see:

    Times Cited:  60

    That means the authors of 60 other papers have used del Moral's 1995 article in writing their papers. You can see the list of papers by clicking on the '60'.

    For articles written before 1969 (the cutoff year for BIOSIS), use the Web of Science. Do a topic search, for example Nereocystis, but limit the dates  to 1900-1968.  You can see how many times a paper has been cited in the right hand column. Notice too that some papers have a zero for 'times cited'.


Can Goolge Scholar do this?


Google Scholar can tell you how many times an article has been cited and by whom, and can link to the full-text of online articles if they fall within our subscriptions, and if Google Scholar knows you are with the University of Washington

If you are using Google Scholar and don't see any "Full-Text @ UW" links, you can add UW as one of your libraries by doing the following:

  • Go to the home page for Google Scholar (
  • Click on "Settings" in the upper right
  • Click on "Library Links" in the left column
  • Search for University of Washington
  • Select "University of Washington Libraries - Full-Text @ UW"  and click "Save

    More information on using Google Scholar to find articles is here.

Is it full-text online?

Remember to use this button    to check if an article is available online. You'll see this button in search results for BIOSIS and Web of Science.