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Web of Science (WOS) analyzes the impact of some humanities journal articles. In other words, find out who is citing whom, when, and where in the journal literature with WOS. Gitenstein Library does not license Web of Science (WOS), but all nearby research libraries have access to the database. If you would like to visit one of these libraries to access WOS feel free to contact me for assistance as desired.
Once you have access to the database, begin with a list of the author's publications, preferably from a CV or bibliography. Do not begin your search hoping to identity a list of the author's works or even a single work, as this can be both difficult and unreliable in WOS; better tools exist for identifying an author's corpus, typically the disciplinary abstracting and indexing databases (e.g. Historical Abstracts, MLA International Bibliography, etc.) Obviously identification will not be a problem if you are assessing your own work. Traditionally in WOS the author's name had to be entered into the database following a standard convention: author's last name followed by first initial (e.g. Clancy F*), preferably in combination with a second search facet such as cited year(s) of publication.
Web of Science incorporates three distinct citation indexes, all of which are turned on by default: Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI). Even if the author is a humanist, I prefer to stick with the default search in order to ensure the most comprehensive results. On the other hand, exceptions should probably be made for authors with common surnames.
Follow these steps to search Web of Science:
Please keep in mind that WOS by no means reveals every work that has subsequently cited the article in question: "Only articles that are published in journals indexed by WOS will have their citations included in your Citation Report. Articles published in other journals or other scholarly publications such as books, book chapters, reports, and patents will not be included" in any citation report generated by WOS (see Generating a Citation Report in Web of Science, University Libraries, The University of Toledo). Nor, of course, can you run a citation analysis in WOS of any type of publication other than a journal article (covered in WOS).