Google Scholar is a free search engine that indexes a variety of scholarly information including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from a broad area of research. If the article has been cited by others, a cited by link will be part of the record. Clicking on that link will take you to the list of articles that cited the found item. Google Scholar searching is generally faster than either Web of Science or Scopus.
Searching Google Scholar
For more information about searching see Google Scholar's Help pages.
In November, 2011, Google Scholar added a new option called Google Scholar Citations. Authors can use this service to compute citation metrics and track them over time. The same caveats that apply to citation searching in Google Scholar apply to Google Scholar Citations so check the information in the previous box to learn about those.
To get started with Google Scholar Citations, go to http://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=new_profile&hl=en
Choose the articles or groups of articles you wish to track
Much of the content of this guide is based on a guide created at University of Michigan Library and which can be viewed here. Thank you to the group that created that guide and allowed us to make use of the content for our own guide.
You can add the Google Scholar Citation Counter to your IGoogle page. In addition to providing a citation counter, the feature will also give the "H-index". The counter is relatively new and unsophisticated, so use with caution.