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Gerstein news
electronic resources newsletter from the Gerstein Science Information Centre

Volume 7, Issue 3/ March 2006    
1. Determining citations to an article: many tools
2. Web of Science: influence by discipline and year
3. Scopus for citations by year
4. Citation rummaging

5. Previous issues

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4. Citation Rummaging

The University of Toronto subscribes to many collections of full text journals. It is possible to search for citations to articles within the text of articles, including their references. "Citation rummaging" is a phrase coined by Peter Jacso to describe this method.

This technique allows you to search sources which are not indexed by or which predate Web of Science or Scopus. Consider this if it is important to find citations in other academic sources.

In the following example we search in the full text of the Factiva database using a portion of the title as search terms:

Kabat-Zinn, J., Massion, A. O., Kristeller, J., Peterson, L. G., Fletcher, K. E., Pbert, L. et al. (1992). Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders.American Journal of Psychiatry, 149, 936-943.


Step 1: Search

Searching Factiva

Step 2: The results

The search in Factiva retrieves of unique results:
  • The first result, The Harvard Mental Health Letter is not indexed in Web of Science and Scopus is usually two or three months behind Factiva.
  • The third item cites the article in a prepared testimony by Harold G. Koenig, MD given before the Senate Appropriations Committee, something that is not indexed in either Web of Science or Scopus.
There are now many resources which will retrieve similar material and the attached table in PDF summarizes the options where you can "rummage" for citations. Remember, that as more journal content becomes available online this list will grow and change.

For more information, contact gail.nichol@utoronto.ca

To connect to Factiva, follow these steps:
1. http://www.library.utoronto.ca
2. Click on the "All e-resources" tab in middle of page
3. Type "Factiva" and then click on search
4. Click on "encyclopedias, dictionaries" tab
5. type article title you wish, and click search, making sure that full article is selected in the "Search for free text terms in" box


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