Hands-On Citation Analysis:  Getting Started


In this unit you will combine what you have learned about research analysis, especially citation analysis, with hands-on experiencing searching Web of Science to perform actual citation and other analyses of search results for information to help you with your research. 

The information that you gain from these analyses will enhance your literature research for a literature review or other project by helping you identify significant publications in a research area (time cited), and identify major researchers, institutions, and journals (analyze function). 

The Journal Citation Reports analysis will help you identify the most prestigious (high impact factor) journals in your disciplines.

This unit will walk you through all three of these types of analyses, and the exercises and assessment will help you pull together all you have learned in this unit and apply it to research topics.

  • Search Web of Science database on a topic, and analyze results using citation data to identify the most cited papers on the topic, and evaluate the top papers to discuss the nature of their contribution, or identify other possible reasons papers received high citation counts 
  • Based on a subject search in Web of Science, analyze results to identify major researchers, institutions, and journals.  Discuss factors that may affect the accuracy, relevance, and usefulness of these results.

  • Describe the online tool: Journal Citation Reports, and access and search JCR, using it to identify the high impact factors in a specific discipline.  Scan and interpret/critique results, discuss how limitations of Impact Factor data are similar to limitations of article citation data, and suggest possible reasons why the first three journals in the list have high impact factors.
Before you begin...

This unit builds on and pulls together the information in the earlier units, including information about research in education, citations and citation analysis, and how to search Web of Science.

To get the most out of this unit, make sure that you understand the information and have the skills presented in these earlier units.

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