Searching by Citation

Make sure to look at the bibliographies that occur at the end of journal articles or in books that you’ve already found on your topic. When you have found a useful reference to a book or article, for example in Wikipedia, a Subject Encyclopedia, or in the bibliography of a journal article or book, you can use Citation Linker (or one of the methods below) to locate the specific item. Items may be on the shelf in the library or available in one of NUS’s online resources.

How to look up citations

Once you identify an item, it should be pretty easy to look it up.  Here are the best ‘go-to’ sources for finding what you need:

Once you identify an item, it should be pretty easy to look it up.  Here are the best ‘go-to’ sources for finding what you need:

  • Books:  Look up the title of the book inFindMore.
  • Book chapter: Look up the title of the book in  FindMore.
  • Journal article: Look up the title of the article in Google Scholar or one of the Libraries online resources (e.g. Web of Science, Academic OneFile, Historical Abstracts, etc.).  If you are ever prompted to pay for an article when searching on the internet, use the NUS Proxy Bookmarklet to check our availability.  If you still can’t get access, look up the title of the journal in FindMore.
  • It is possible we may only have access to certain journal articles in print.
  • Newspaper article: For current articles, look up the title of the article in Factiva or LexisNexis.  For older articles, it may be helpful to refer to the Libraries’ newspaper and media studies ResearchGuide to find other news-related online resources that are more historical.
  • DissertationsProquest Dissertations and Theses Global a full-text resource for finding recent dissertations.  Search by title or author.

 Tip: If you have an incomplete citation you can Ask A Librarian for assistance or you can run a Google search get more citation details for the item.

Cited References (e.g. Cited By, Times Cited)

A number of databases provide information about how many times and who has cited a specific article or book. Web of Science, PubMed, and Google Scholar provide this information, which is indicated at the point where you view the results of your search. Because there is no comprehensive way for the databases to get this information, the Times Cited/Cited By counts are not necessarily accurate.

Cited References are a fantastic source of information.  Imagine you have an article from 1979 – a classic in your discipline.  You can search for that article in Web of Science or Google Scholar to learn who has cited that article since it was written.  You can then search within the ‘citing’ references to learn about newer articles that may be potentially useful for your research.


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