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Cited Reference Searching: A How-To Guide

This guide covers search techniques and resources that offer the ability to search the list of references (or footnotes) found in journal articles, books, websites, etc.

Need to eliminate self-citations?

We regularly get asked for information on how to eliminate self-citations from search results.

For those who have a small number of citations (or who are regularly the first author on a paper) this can easily be done by visually scanning through the results list and deleting self-citations. Those who have a longer scholarly record or are not the first author (such as papers first-authored by graduate students) will find it a bit more difficult to eliminate self-citations.

Within the Web of Science, you can add a few steps to your search and have the software eliminate self-citations from your search for you. As we create other tip sheets, we will add them to this page.