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November 21, 2011


Sarah Ficke

Thanks for posting this! I read that article, and I was skeptical about how effective that kind of search would be.


If you let the MLA know that one of your articles is missing, and provide them with a copy, they'll index it.

Rosemary Feal

Yes, indeed. Let us know what's missing. Rosemary Feal, 'MLA


And if your name is shared with - even spelled identically to - someone insanely productive, you will find yourself buried by Google scholar citation and spend some time trying to persuade it that you are a small-time classicist in Australia rather than a big-time fertility researcher in Washington.

a librarian

Hello, I stumbled across this from Twitter, and I'm interested because I'm an academic humanities librarian who tracks her own cites and also works with faculty.

Have you tried the advanced search in Google Scholar? I did, using your name in quotes as the author, and got these results:,38

Google Scholar here does list the Grace Aquilar, Anne Boleyn, and Choice articles.

Another search for the title of your Holt chapter turns up the book and your article, though your name isn't listed:

The citation counts may not be perfect, however.

For my own cites, I use Google Scholar (which seems to find the most), Web of Science (which does index some humanities journals), and plain old web searches. One thing that's really great about the new Citations feature in Google Scholar: it sends you alerts when your work is cited. I got one such alert just the other day, and it was great.


AL: Those are identical to the results I got.

Dad the Emeritus Historian of Graeco-Roman Egypt checked himself out, and reports a) a dearth of citations from European journals (which is where his work mostly gets cited--his field skews heavily Continental in makeup), b) a book being cited thirty years before it actually existed ("really rather unlikely..."), c) and, in general, clusters of citations from about five years ago, but boatloads of missing citations from, say, the 80s.


I tried to get the Anne Boylen paper via google, and jstor, i got the cite, but the paper itself was not indexed.


One big advantage to Brockport's new Digital Commons is the fact that it sends you monthly download reports of any articles you and your publishers allow to be published in the IR. More downloads mean more citations!

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