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Article citation counts

These databases provide a count of how many times a given article has been cited, typically by journals tracked by that database (which is not the same as all citations to an article). This is closely related to cited reference searching.

  • Google Scholar

        Google Scholar
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    Google Scholar

    Google's search engine for scholarly research: the ease of Google searching combined with the quality resources you find in library databases. It indexes citations, abstracts, and full-text articles, books, conference proceedings, theses, online repositories, patents, legal cases, and more. Google Scholar is particularly good when starting research and canvassing the literature or as a final search on a topic. From off-campus, click "Scholar Preferences" to set Get VText library links, which will ensure linking to full-text sources works properly.

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  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library

        IEEE
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    IEEE Xplore Digital Library

     IEEE Xplore contains full text documents from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, ebooks, letters, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications. Full text content is provided as PDFs. 1893-present, full text from 1988-present.

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  • MathSciNet

        MathSciNet
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    MathSciNet

    MathSciNet indexes citations, abstracts, full text, and reviews of journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and dissertation in the mathematical sciences. Content is available in HTML and PDF. This database allows cited reference searching. 1800s-present.    

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  • PsycINFO from APA PsycNET

        PsycNET from APA
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    PsycINFO from APA PsycNET

    PsycINFO indexes citations, abstracts, cited references, and some full text from articles, books, dissertations, and reviews on all aspects of psychology. Full text provided as HTML and PDF. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources, age group, classification code, methodology, and population group. 1840-present.   

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  • SciFinder

        SciFinder Scholar
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    SciFinder

    SciFinder indexes citations and abstracts from Chemical Abstract Services databases and MEDLINE including journal articles, patents, books, conference papers, dissertations, and reports. You can search text-based fields or draw chemical structures. You can perform cited reference searches. 1907-present. Limited to   simultaneous users. Registration required.

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  • Social Science Research Network

        Social Science Research Network
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    Social Science Research Network

    Social Science Research Network indexes citation, abstracts, and some full text of pre-prints and other scholarly research papers.

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  • Web of Science: Citation Databases from Thomson Reuters

        ISI Web of Science
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    Web of Science: Citation Databases from Thomson

    The three Web of Science databases index citations from journal articles and conference proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. You can perform cited reference searches, analyze trends and patterns, and create visual representations of citation relationships. 1900-present.  

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Find articles

  • Complete article citation

    Use the Citation Linker when you have a complete citation, including the journal title or ISSN, the volume/issue/number, page numbers and publication date. Enter all of your citation information in the Citation Linker form (the numerical parts of your citation, including the date, are most important). You will see a link to the article online, a link to the print journal record, or a link to request the article through interlibrary loan.

  • Incomplete article citation

    When you have an incomplete citation, such as just an article title, and therefore do not have sufficient information to find the full text, here are some strategies to use to find a more complete citation.

  • Article indexes in print

    Print indexes cover older material or material not indexed in electronic databases. They are essential if you are doing comprehensive research on a topic. Print indexes may be located using Addison, the library catalog.

  • Abbreviated journal title

    Many resources will not allow searching by abbreviated journal title. Common abbreviated titles, such as JAMA for the Journal of the American Medical Association, have been added to Addison and Summon; most abbreviated titles required by citation style guides, such as J. Amer. Chem. Soc., are not searchable in Addison or databases. You will need to find the full title to look up these citations.

  • Searching for articles on a topic

    Millions of articles are published in newspapers, magazines, and journals every year. The Virginia Tech Libraries purchase access to databases to help find articles on your research topics. Some articles will be available online, while others only available in print. You may need to use Interlibrary Loan to obtain some articles.

    You will need to choose from among over 700 databases the Virginia Tech Libraries provides, including the new Summon database, to search for articles on your research topic. Here are a few strategies for choosing a database.

  • Searching for articles within a specific journal

    Sometimes you want to search for an article within a particular journal, magazine or newspaper; perhaps because your instructor requires you use that journal or you remember seeing the article earlier and now want to find that full text. (Note that if these example are not the case, you should not limit yourself to a single journal; use databases to find articles on a topic from among many journals.)