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Search within cited articles on Google Scholar

Posted by Megan on January 12, 2011

One very handy function of Google Scholar is its cited reference searching capability. Each entry on a Google Scholar search results page has a link for “times cited” that brings other items indexed in Google Scholar that cited the original item.

Aside: of course, there are limits to this data! Google Scholar does not index everything and has been criticized for inaccurate metadata. For more, read this article by Peter Jasco.

Limitations aside, this feature can be extraordinarily useful in locating related literature and getting a sense of a given article or book’s impact.

Often, though, there are simply too many citing citations to sort through. A few months back, Google introduced a feature to help with this, allowing users to search only articles citing the original document.


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