Bibliometrics are one way to measure the impact of your research, which can be useful for your own interest, or when applying for jobs, grants, or tenure and promotion. Bibliometrics include citation counts, citation impact, h-index, and journal impact factor. However, these measures can exclude public scholarship (e.g. social media, blog posts, newspaper articles), conference proceedings, syllabus listings, and other ways work is used beyond academic publications - so be critical of how you assess the work of yourself and others. Some ways to start measuring research impact are below:
- Gleeson Gleanings: News and Updates from the Gleeson Library
- Google Scholar
Citation chaining or citation mining is when you use an information source to find related sources. It is a great way to find more research on a topic which interests you, and to illustrate how research builds on previous work and changes over time. You can find related articles by looking at the works cited section of a work, or by using tools like Scopus and Google Scholar.
Locating the Full Text from a Citation
Citation Chaining with Google Scholar (Seattle University)
- Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
You may see a screen prompting you to register or personalize your account. You are not required to do so and can click the 'Continue' button to access the site. Similarly, if you encounter a “Welcome to Scopus” screen asking you to create an account or sign in, click 'X' in the upper right to close the window.
- Articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Click "more" below to customize Google Scholar to access USF library journal subscriptions.
- Fusion allows you to search, in one place, the majority of the library’s books, articles, videos, etc. It includes all the materials in our library catalog Ignacio, as well as the content of the majority of our many databases.