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History of Medicine, Healthcare, and Disease: Cited Reference Searching

This guide is intended to provide a starting point for historical research on health topics and diseases.

Cited Reference Searching

A number of tools allow researchers track the evolution of an idea or an author's work by examining scholarly citation behavior and locate where an article has been cited. Finding out "who cited whom" allows you to expand on your literature review, find interdisciplinary connections, and more.

Why do cited reference searching?

  • Follow a publication forward in time
  • Track the history of a research idea
  • Explore how a research topic is being used to support other research
  • Locate current research based on earlier research
  • Document the impact of research for faculty tenure/C.V.

  •  Serendipitous browsing


The following are selected examples of bibliographic databases with the ability to search cited references:
 

Database/Aggregator
 

Link to database
 

How to...
 

Web of Science

 Search Web of Science

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Scopus
 

 Search Scopus

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Google Scholar

 

 Search Google Scholar

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CINAHLPlus
 

 Search CINAHL

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Medline via PubMed
(citing articles are limited to those in PubMed Central, NLM's full-text archive)

 

 Search PubMed via NYU

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Medline via Ovid
 

 Search Medline via Ovid

 link to screenshot

PubMed Central
 

 Search PubMed Central

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PsycInfo
 

 Search PsycInfo

 link to screenshot

ScienceDirect
 

 Search ScienceDirect

 link to screenshot