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1 Arts and Humanities Citation Index and other resources for Modern Languages Nick Hearn Friday, 28 th May 2010

2 Session outline What is ‘Arts and Humanities citation database’? Three ways for using A&HCI in ML study As another bibliographical database To explore a subject area For own publications Types of search Basic search Advanced search Citation search Related records search Comparison with other citation indexes – pros and cons Google Scholar, Scopus, JSTOR (JSTOR only some features)

3 Earlier papers referred to in ‘your’ paper Papers that cite your paper 2010 Papers that share one or more citation in common - related

4 Related articleCited referencesCiting articles SidewaysBackwardsForwards Research with some shared references with references In your bibliography Research before your article Research after your article

5 Times cited Article A General search Cited references Author? Title? Subject ?

6 Three main uses of A&HCI in ML Use as another bibliographical database for searching like MLA (or in combination with MLA and other databases: cross-searching) Use to trace development of the subject or to explore a new subject area Use to see impact of your publications or place your next publication in the journal with the most impact … but there are others….

7 How to locate A&HCI Web of Knowledge Web of Science Arts and Humanities Citation Index

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9 Main features Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) 1975-present subject coverage: language, linguistics, literary reviews, literature, poetry, theatre journal coverage: 63 journals in Romance literature, 22 journals on German and Dutch literature, 10 journals on Slavonic (For details of titles go to Master Journal List) Very current: 2300 new records added each week Approx 15, 250 new cited references each week MLA 1926-present Subject coverage: folklore, language, linguistics, literature Journal coverage: 4,400+ Updated 9 times a year Last update

10 HINT: To find out which ML journals are available on A&HCI go to Web of Science Page and then click on Training and Support, From there go on to ‘Benefits and Resources’, then click on ‘Master Journal List’

11 General search for Author Sample author search: Search for all articles by Professor G. Smith (Formerly Professor of Russian at Oxford University previously at Birmingham University Writes on Russian poetry and versification (among other subjects) To find articles by an author Author search, Author finder, Most cited ALL citing articles (a complete listing including misfires) – using Cited Reference Search Pitfalls: Basic entries in ‘skeleton’ references are sometimes inaccurate

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19 Note: You will not find a record for this article in MLA. So it is always worth searching more than one database!

20 However, these may not be the only articles which cite it…. Original article Citing articles (articles which cite it)

21 Cited Reference Search!

22 We are looking for articles which cite this article …. All references are reduced in the Cited Reference Index to a skeleton consisting of Author, Title of Journal and Year of Publication. It is NOT possible to search in Cited Reference Index by title of Article!

23 Always a good idea to truncate (*) You must select name of author and one or both of Name of Journal and Year of Publication

24 BEWARE!!: Pitfall No 1. Journal Abbreviation List may not match title used in the cited reference index. This is probably a mistake on the part of the indexer. Watch out there are quite a few small but crucial errors in the Cited Reference Index… As cited in the Journal Abbreviation List As cited in the Cited Reference Index results

25 Not that there is another unindexed article written by the same author in the same year in the same journal….Probably an incorrect reference.

26 What is the other article which cited the article by Prof. G.S. Smith incorrectly?

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33 General Search for Title Sample Title Search: Gérard Defaux ‘Une cannibale en haut de chausses: Montaigne la différence et la logique de l’identité’ Title search AH&CI treatment of titles in foreign language journals

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40 General Search for Subject Sample subject searches: Balzac and Realism; Sartre and existentialism; Review search: Muller and ‘green plums’ Doing a basic topic search Subject indexing in A&HCI compared with MLA Cross-searching Reviews

41 Subject indexing in A&HCI and MLA

42 Example of an 'internal' cross-search in WOS

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44 Cross-searching and serendipity!

45 Using A&HCI to find reviews

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47 Some features of A&HCI Sample advanced search: All content of the journal Critica Hispanica for 2009 Sample alert: Set up alert for Chomsky, N. ‘Verbal behavior – B.F. Skinner’, 1959 Advanced search (Sophisticated field searching) cf MLA – Importance of using correct search syntax Setting up alerts ( and RSS) Transferring to bibliographical software such as Refworks or Endnote

48 Advanced search: All content

49 Results appear at the bottom of the screen

50 Results of 'Advanced search' = All content for 2009 in Critica Hispanica

51 Creating a citation alert for an article

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55 Google Reader RSS feed Chomsky’s review Of Skinner’s book Verbal Behaviour

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62 Transferring to bibliographical software Save to Endnote, Reference Manager or similar bibliographic management tool

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73 Using A&HCI to explore a subject area Sample cited reference searches: Goethe Wanderers Nachtlied; Bach’s Cantatas Sample related records search: Pushkin Evgenii Onegin Citation search – Searching for articles citing pieces of music, pictures, poems letters etc Related records search – Looking at records which share references with an initial relevant record

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87 Using A&HCI for one’s own publications, research, career Sample search: ts=Bakhtin og=Oxford at Oxford, Cambridge and Sheffield Looking at articles by competitors (Related Records, citations) Looking at citation counts of other academics in your department Using Advanced Search to find Departments specializing in topic area in which you are interested Using Journal Citation Reports to find the best journal in which to place your article.

88 Centres of excellence for Bakhtin? Results

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93 Comparison with other citation indexes – pros and cons Google Scholar Scopus Arts and Humanities Citation Index JSTOR

94 Google Scholar FEATURES: Free Indexing done by computer algorithms Help Yes –- no list of journals covered (but possible to search by in one publication) Alerts but only – no RSS….yet… No search by references Includes unindexed references Subject searching based on Google algorithms Not cross-searchable Includes related records search Direct access to full-text of article/book etc (but full access only for items out of copyright) COVERAGE: Includes Humanities subject areas including Modern Languages Also covers books! Includes foreign-language material (but English lang. predominant) Long tail – goes back a long way

95 Scopus FEATURES: Paid subscription Indexing done by computer Help – includes list of journals covered Alerts by ,not RSS,also by Mobile Phone! Possible to search by references Includes unindexed references Subject searching – records include abstracts searchable by key-word Cross-searchable Includes related records search Can export to Refworks Direct access to full-text of article COVERAGE: Very little Humanities material Does not cover books! Very little (no?) foreign-language material Limited time-scope for Humanities journals

96 Arts and Humanities Citation Index FEATURES: Paid subscription Indexing done with human intervention Help – includes list of journals Alerts and RSS Can search by references Includes unindexed references Poor subject searching – title used for topic searching; also key-words supplied by authors; some records have abstracts Cross-searchable Includes related records search Compatible with Refworks COVERAGE: Little Humanities material Does not cover books! Very little foreign-language material Limited time-scope – but cited refs go back a long way

97 JSTOR FEATURES: Paid subscription Free text searching by keyword (Full text database) Help – includes list of journals No alerts No search by references Does not Include unindexed references Cross-searchable No related records search Compatible with Refworks COVERAGE: A lot of Humanities material Does not cover books! No foreign-language material ‘Long tail’ but ‘moving wall’

98 Over to you Do your own search on A&HCI, Google Scholar, Scopus or JSTOR Do an Arts and Humanities Citation Index work-out. Set up an RSS Feed and use to set up feed for articles from A&HCI Set up a Refworks account and use for articles from A&HCI Don’t hesitate to ask if anything is unclear


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