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Summer Research: Undergraduate Student Scholars

A research guide for undergraduate student scholars who are conducting research during the summer.

Literature Searching: Citation Indexes

When you need to include every article written on your topic for your project's report, there is no single place to look to make sure you've found everything. However, the job is made somewhat easier by databases known as citation indexes.

Citation indexes collect abstracts and citation data for all articles published by the set of academic journals included in their indexes based on specific criteria. Scopus and Web of Science are general subject with a strong focus in STEM. SciFinder-n, from the American Chemical Society, has a chemistry focus, while PubMed, from the National Institutes of Health, is for biomedical literature.

These databases also track how often papers are cited, and it is through this citation analysis that you can get a sense of what people have written and what, based on the citations, are considered either foundational papers in the field or are new enough to be necessary to a review of the current trends. This citation data can be used to analyze scholarly research in many ways, including by topic, author, affiliation, publication, time period, and other factors. When looking for articles for a review article (or literature review), these tools are the best way to make sure you're reading the articles you should be.


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Literature Searching: Publisher & Subject Databases

When looking for research on your project topic, you can start by searching the Library's "search everything" bar and finding a broad selection of articles to which we have access, or you can go directly to one of these databases for a more focused search.

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Broad-Subject Databases

Publisher Databases