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Databases that track citations: measuring research impact

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Database Information

Coverage: Strong historical coverage; some contemporary; a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.

Region: International

Scope: Arts and Humanities, Modern Languages, Politics and Law, Science and Technology, Social Sciences.

Citation Capabilities: Cited Search capability only of other works included in JSTOR, but links to Google Scholar for outside cited searches.

Quirks: There is a steep learning curve to using JSTOR. You have to go into the record of a specific article to see whether or not other articles in JSTOR have cited it.

Citation Tracking

This is challenging in JSTOR and requires you to dedicate some time to learn the tools available in the database.

Basic Tracking Process

1) Create your personal JSTOR account

2) Perform you search and choose a relevant article

Tracking Citations

Check the box next to the citation you want to track. You will receive an email message if another article cites the article you are tracking and is added to the JSTOR archive.

Click on the "Track citation" link.

Note:If you have not yet registered for or logged in to a MyJSTOR account, you will be prompted to do so.

To stop tracking a citation, go to the "Citations" tab in MyJSTOR. Click the "Stop" link next to the citation, or delete the citation and tracking will be stopped.

New JSTOR Features

Watch this video to learn about new featuresin JSTOR including tracking citations and managing alerts.