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How to Determine Your Scholarly Impact
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
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Accessing the Database
1. Go to the Hardin Library homepage at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/
2. Click on the link that says “Health Sciences Resources A-Z.” It is located at the bottom of the section,
“Popular Databases.”
3. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted for your Hawk ID and password.
1. The first thing you will want to do is to click the tab for Web of Science. It is located near the top of the
2. Now, click on the link for “Cited Reference Search.”
3. Start with the author’s name. You want to enter it as [lastname firstinitial*]. The asterisk tells the
database to search for the author if they are cited by just their initial or by their whole name or by two
4. Now, for the journal title, you want to click the link that says “Journal Abbreviation List.”
5. Once you open the list, you will want to find your journal. Click on the letter of the first “Non-stop
word” of the journal title. (Stop words include: A, the, or, and, etc.)
6. Now, you can scroll down the list till you find your journal (Or use Ctrl+F to search for the title). Copy
the abbreviation.
7. Close the journal title window.
8. Paste the abbreviated journal title into the “Cited Work” search box. You will want to follow the name
of the journal with an “*” as you did with the author name.
9. For the date, leave the box blank. This is very important as many articles are cited with incorrect dates.
10. Click the “Search” button at the bottom of the screen.
11. You will now see a list of possible articles by your author. Select all that could possibly be the article
you want. For example, if you were looking to see how many times this article, M.A. Marra, S.J.M.
Jones, C.R. Astell, et al. “The genome sequence of the SARS-associated coronavirus .” SCIENCE, 300
(5624): 1399-1404, May 30, 2003, was cited, you would receive the following list to select from. (See
image on next page).
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