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Guide for Thesis Writers: Research Method

Google Scholar Search - Proxied

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

In Google Scholar the resource with the most citations floats to the top. That may be a seminal article or it may cite a seminal article.

Citation Analysis

Over time, an important paper is likely to be cited by many researchers, and the number of times a paper is cited is a popular measure of a paper’s quality, value, and impact on a research topic or discipline.  When citation data is collected it not only lets a searcher look for earlier publications, but enables one to follow the development of research forward in time by looking at papers that refer back to a specific article.  This network of relationships between authors, papers, and ideas is a valuable adjunct to traditional literature searching.