Bibliometric utilizes quantitative analysis and statistics to describe patterns of publication within a given field or body of literature. Researchers may use bibliometric methods of evaluation to determine the influence of a single writer, for example, or to describe the relationship between two or more writers or works. One common way of conducting bibliometric research is to use the Social Science Citation Index, the Science Citation Index, or the Arts and Humanities Citation Index to trace citations. A few tools and online guides that can help you start your Bibliometric research are listed.

  • The Literature Review: A Research Journey with several steps. Framing a research question, searching relevant bodies of literature, managing search results, synthesizing the research literature, writing an assessment of the literature.
  • Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics): Web of Science allows you to search for topics across multiple databases. From there, you can search for research that is highly cited and browse articles that cite (or are cited by) others. This can be a good place to find many articles on a single topic.
  • Scopus (Elsevier): A large database of peer-reviewed literature in all subject areas. In addition to citation searching, it features tools to track, analyze, and visualize research. Scopus complements Web of Science and Google Scholar, but each of them contains enough unique information that none of them should be used exclusively.