Collaboration between Web of Science and Google Scholar

A new partnership between Web of Science and Google Scholar has facilitated the search for articles that have cited a previously published work, or “cited reference” searching. Hospital based personnel with McGill usernames and passwords can now see the number of citations of a given article as per Web of Science in their Google Scholar search results.

In order to display Web of Science citation counts within Google Scholar search results, McGill users must access Google Scholar via the following specific URL: and sign in.

Search results in Google Scholar will include a “times cited” in Web of Science count, as well as a “times cited” (according to Google) count. In the example below, clicking on the “Web of Science: 8” hyperlink will take you toWeb of Science and display the 8 articles citing the 2008 paper on surveillance search techniques.

The collaboration with Google Scholar is reversed in Web of Science. Users of Web of Science will find a “Look up full text” link in the full record of their search results. When clicked, the link launches a search for the article in Google Scholar.

To learn more about cited reference searching or to request a demonstration, contact your hospital librarian.

Published April 14, 2014.


1 – The differences in the number of “cited by” counts between Google Scholar and Web of Science stems from their respective sources. While both resources include published, peer-reviewed articles,Google Scholar’s content is less homogeneous, and includes theses, books, court opinions and web sites.