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Capstone and PICO (T) Project Toolkit: Cited Reference Searching

Guide to locating research for evidence synthesis projects and assignments.

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:


Link to database

How to...

Web of Science

 Search Web of Science

 link to screenshot

Journal Citation Reports (citation counts at the Journal level;
ranks journals or subject categories by impact factor)
Search JCR  


 Search Scopus

 link to screenshot

Google Scholar


 Search Google Scholar

 link to screenshot


 Search CINAHL

 link to screenshot

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


 Search PubMed via NYU

 link to screenshot

Medline via Ovid

 Search Medline via Ovid

 link to screenshot

PubMed Central

 Search PubMed Central

 link to screenshot


 Search PsycInfo

 link to screenshot


 Search ScienceDirect

 link to screenshot


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