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Databases with Citation Searching by Discipline


  • ABI/Inform (ProQuest)
  • Accounting & Tax (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Asian Business & Reference
  • ProQuest Entrepeneurship
  • Web of Science


  • MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
  • Web of Science


  • Google Scholar
  • Web of Science


  • Compendex
  • GeoRef (ProQuest)
  • IEEE Xplore
  • Medline (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Biological Science Collection
  • ProQuest Engineering Collection
  • ProQuest Environmental Science Collection
  • ProQuest Materials Science Collection
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science

Social Sciences

  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Psychology Journals
  • PsycINFO (ProQuest)
  • PsycARTICLES (ProQuest)
  • Web of Science

What is a Citation Search?

With a traditional citation search, you can discover how many times a particular publication has been cited and in what contexts. This may be helpful for:

  • Tracking the use and evolution of a particular idea over time.
  • Faculty members preparing a comprehensive list of their publications and how influential they have been when applying for promotion or tenure.
  • Assessing the relative quality or merit of a publication. Publications cited more frequently are generally more impactful and may be considered more reliable.

Citation Searching: General Tips

  • It is important to know that no single source will contain a comprehensive list of citing articles. For example, Web of Science may show 10 citing articles for a publication while Google Scholar shows seven, with only partial overlap between the two. When doing a citation search, look in as many databases as possible to get the most complete list.
  • For authors in the sciences, start with Web of Science, IEEE Xplore (engineering), Compendex (engineering), PubMed (biomedical), and/or SciFinder (chemistry and chemical engineering). You can also try JSTOR, ProQuest, and Google Scholar. More and more databases are tracking citing articles, so check your favorite database(s) too!
  • Researchers in the humanities and social sciences can start with Web of Science (our subscription includes the Social Sciences Index and Arts & Humanities Index) ProQuest, JSTOR, or ABI/Inform (business focus). Try Google Scholar as well. 

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