Sometimes it’s nice to know whether you’ve chosen a “good” article.  One way to verify this information is to see if other researchers have included your articles in their own bibliographies.

There are some databases that make this process easy.  These databases are called citation indexes: basically, this means that the articles listed within the database are cross referenced to each other.

The following databases are examples of citation indexes:

  • Web of Science (good for research in most subject areas)
  • Google Scholar (surprising, I know! Just has “cited by” feature)
  • Scopus (for my science friends; psychology and economics also included)

To use this feature, just look for the “cited by” or “times cited” link in whatever database you’re using!  I’ve included a screen shot from Scopus, which shows the number of citations along the right hand side so you can see what I mean.