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Scholarly Communication Services at WSU: Tools: Databases with Citation Data

This guide is designed to increase awareness of significant issues associated with scholarly communication. It also presents resources for WSU researchers who wish to explore alternative avenues for sharing their scholarly work with a global audience.

Databases with Citation Data: Introduction

An increasing number of databases will allow you to see how often an article has been cited in that particular database, and/or search for a cited article or monograph within indexed articles references. In most cases only articles from recent years will have indexed reference lists. The following databases may be of assistance to you in calculating the impact of your work. 

Databases that include Some Citation Data


CrossRef is an independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers. CrossRef’s mandate is to connect users to primary research content, by enabling publishers to work collectively. CrossRef is also the official DOI® link registration agency for scholarly and professional publications.

Publisher/Full Text Databases

Many publisher sites will allow you to find how often a work has been cited by articles in other journals the publisher publishes. Here are some examples:

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