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Citation Analysis for Promotion & Tenure

Borrowed from colleague and librarian Sheila Lafferty at the UConn Library, Storrs, CT

Google Scholar

Citation Analysis Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar  


  1. Enter the author's name in quotations: "j golec". If you're finding too many papers which mention the author, you can use the "author:" operator to search for specific authors. For example, you can try author:bird, author:"r bird", or author:"robert c bird". For more accurate results, go to Advanced Search to search by author, publication.
  2. Look for the "Cited by" link below each result. This is the number of citations to this work that are indexed by Google Scholar. Click on that link to retrieve them.
  3. Create a Profile within Google Scholar to keep track of your own citations.. Log in to  and click the “My Citations” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started. You will also see the option to create your account once you search for another author, click Get my own Profile 

Google Scholar MetricsTip: Setting your Scholar Preferences will give you more functionality by:

  • Showing the CCSU Links to help you find items the library owns. (Set the Library Links option in preferences)
  • Providing an Import Citation link for each item so you can import it to RefWorks or another citation manager. (Set the Bibliography Manager option in Preferences)

Google Scholar results may not be as accurate as Scopus  It cannot remove self-citations and so you have to look for them yourself which can be time-consuming. It sometimes has multiple entries for one work which can inflate results. 

To learn more consult the Help and Advanced search tips page for Google Scholar.

Database Sources

Listed below are databases that include a cited reference feature, also note that some references will be hyperlinked to indicate Times Cited in this database.

cited references link in databases

proquest cited by

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