Citation analysis tool – Google Scholar

This is one of a series of posts describing tools that are available for citation analysis.  For other tools see here.

Google Scholar is the ‘academic’ version of the popular Google search engine.  It covers scholarly literature from a range of sources, including “academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites” (Google, 2011). What Google doesn’t tell us are the names of these sources (i.e. which publishers, journals etc. are harvested) or the frequency of updates.  This means that we cannot be certain how comprehensive a search is or how up-to-date.

Despite these misgivings, Google Scholar is, as you would expect from a Google product, quick and easy to use, and it produces a lot of results.

To access Google Scholar:

  • Start at the Google Scholar home page: http://scholar.google.co.uk/
  • Click on the arrow to the right of the search box to access Advanced Search
  • In Google Scholar Advanced Search you can limit a search by author, publication and/or date
  • Enter your search terms and click on the magnifying glass

Google Scholar results are listed according to the number of citations found, with the most highly cited items appearing first.  For each result there are links to the papers that have cited it and to other information relevant to that item.

Other Google Scholar features:

The ‘My Citations‘ feature allows you to add your own articles to a personal profile.  Full instructions for this are provided here.  Having created a profile you will be able to see a table showing all your papers, the number of times thay have been cited and two citation indexes: the h-index and the i10-index.

There is a Google Scholar metrics feature but it simply lists the top 100 publications, based on their  h-index.  For more sophisticated citation analysis from Google Scholar Anne-Wil Harzing’s Publish or Perish tool is recommended.

Posted on October 17, 2012, in Library, Support and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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