Citation tracking refers to a method of measuring the impact of research studies and/or for identifying leading scholars in a particular discipline based upon a systematic analysis of who has cited a particular study, how often a specific research study has been cited by others, and by exploring what disciplines are represented by those subsequent citations. (source: Mavodza, J. Citation Tracking in Academic Libraries: An Overview. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, May 2016).
Citation tracking benefits your review and evaluation of relevant literature related on your topic. Tracking citations:
When examining an article, do these two things to trace the path of that article through history
Pepperdine's subscription to the Scopus database provides the easiest method to trace citations in both directions - backwards and forwards.
Some additional library databases are now making it easier to trace citations backwards and forwards.
Google Scholar allows you to see what articles cited the article you are searching - forwards only.
Take advantage of your Pepperdine level access to articles when searching in Google Scholar. Get Google Scholar to recognize your Pepperdine credentials from wherever you are.
Connecting your Google Scholar to Pepperdine Libraries access is a good way to make sure you get access to articles that Pepperdine Libraries subscribes to. Here's how (want some visuals instead of the written instructions? Check out our related Google Scholar FAQ for screenshots):