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Evaluating Information Sources

Use the information on this guide to help you understand and evaluate the different types of information sources.

Citation Analysis (Tracking)

Citation Analysis or citation tracking is a way to see the impact of an article in its field.  Also, it's a great way to use a "landmark" or influential article to find more recent, related articles that cite the landmark article. Search in Google Scholar or Web of Science to see if your source has been cited by others!


Google Scholar Citation Count

Google Scholar allows you to use the Google search engine to look for scholarly articles instead of browsing the entire web. Look in the bottom left of each result to see the number of times the article has been cited by others. 

Finding Citation Information on Web of Science