Some published works have a significant impact on their own or other disciplines, while others have less influence. While there is no one way to tell what impact an article or book has had, here are some things to look at:
Note: Web of Science, Scopus, HeinOnline, and Google Scholar are great ways to see connections between sources and authors, but their "cited by" lists are not comprehensive. Scopus also focuses on the natural and social sciences and has less information on humanities sources. Stick with Web of Science, Scopus, or HeinOnline if you only want to see what other scholarly articles have cited an article. Google Scholar lists more than articles that have cited a work, for example, presentations, conference proceedings, etc.
In Web of Science, to sort results by citation frequency sort by "Times Cited - highest to lowest."
When looking at a single information record in Web of Science, you can view who has cited the record in the "Times Cited" box in the upper right.
In Scopus, to sort results by citation frequency find the "Sort on" option at the upper right of the results page and select "Cited by."
When looking at a single information record in Scopus, you can view who has cited the record in the "Cited by" box in the upper right.
For law and political science, to sort results in HeinOnline by citation, choose "Number of Times Cited by Articles." To see the articles that have cited the record, click "Cited by" to the right of the record.
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