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J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

Citation Searching: Google Scholar

About Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine designed to locate scholarly literature including journal articles, conference proceedings, patents, books, technical papers and grey literature. It is continually updated. The My Citation profile allows authors to discover and track citations to their works. 

Google Scholar covers all subjects and generally returns higher citation counts than Scopus or Web of Science. However, search results may contain duplicate citations, false positives and other anomalies. Google Scholar also cannot "discover" citations within embargoed content and may not discover older citations. 

Exporting a bulk list of citing works is not supported in Google Scholar. 

Finding Citing Articles in Google Scholar

Method 1: by article title


In this example, we're looking for articles that have cited "A Reliable Tag–Recapture Technique For Estimating Turbine Passage Survival: Application to Young-of-the-Year American Shad (Alosa sapidissima)" by Paul G. Heisey, Dilip Mathur, and Ted Rineer.


1) Navigate to Google Scholar.

2) Enter the title of the article in quotation marks in the search box. Click the blue magnifying glass button to search.

 

3) The article searched for should be the first result - find the link underneath the abstract snippet to see the other articles that have cited it.


Method 2: by author name

Search by author to discover a more expansive list of works. In this example we are looking for articles written by Paul G. Heisey.


1) Navigate to Google Scholar.

2) In quotations, enter the author's first and middle initial and last name. Click the blue magnifying glass button to search.

 

3) The results will list all of the publications Google Scholar has records for in which PG Heisey is an author. Each should contain information on citing articles.

 

Method 3: My Citations profile

Authors can track their own publications and the works that cite them using My Citations in Google Scholar.

1.) Navigate to Google Scholar

2.) Click on My Citations at the top of the screen:

3.) Fill out your information and click "Next Step"

4.) Google Scholar will search for any works you authored or co-authored. (Depending on your results you may need to search multiple iterations of your name.)

5.) Select your updates preference:

6.) Click on the number in the Cited by column of your profile to see the articles that have cited your work.

Note: the i10 index is the number of articles you have authored that have been cited at lease 10 times.

Exporting Citations into EndNote from Google Scholar

Google Scholar does not support the bulk export of citing works to a reference manager such as EndNote. To export citing works into EndNote You will need to change your settings in Google Scholar and then import the citations individually. To change your Google Scholar settings do the following:

  • Click on the Settings link at the top of the Google Scholar screen
  • Scroll down to Bibliography Manager 
  • Click the radio button by "Show links to import citations into." Select EndNote from the dropdown menu.
  • Click the blue Save button.

Now when you generate a list of citing works the link "Import into EndNote" will appear under each citation. To save a citation to EndNote do the following:

  • Click on the "Import into EndNote" link under the citation you wish to save 
  • Click "Open" when prompted to save or open the EndNote file
  • The citation will appear in your EndNote library.