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What Are Citation Indexes?

Citation indexes track references that authors put in the bibliographies of published papers. They provide a way to search for and analyze the literature in a way not possible through simple keyword/topical searching. It also enables users to gather data on the "impact" of journals, as well as assessing particular areas of research activity and publication. This field is called bibliometrics.

UT-Austin users can access the Web of Science citation indexes back to 1900, plus the conference proceedings citation index back to 1990.

What Can I Do with Citation Indexes?

Find papers that cite earlier papers.
Citation indexing is a way to look forward in the literature from the starting point of a particular paper or group of papers. This is a complementary approach to ordinary word-based literature searching. It allows you to find more documents on the same or similar topic without using any keywords or subject terms.

Find out how many times my papers have been cited. Determine my h-index.

Determine which are the "best" journals in my field. Find journal impact factors.

Verify old and obscure references.
Sometimes you'll run across a mysterious reference, and you won't be able to determine what it's referring to. By searching that reference as a "cited reference" in Web of Science, you may find other, more complete citations that might solve the mystery. It doesn't matter how old the mystery item is -- if someone has cited it it will show up in the Citation Index.


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