Tool tip #12: Check if a paper is supported or contradicted with scite_

Published on
September 27, 2019

In this tool tip we introduce scite_. When searching literature you often want to know whether a study is supported or contradicted by other research. Scite_ helps you with this task with just a few clicks.


scite_ is a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to identify if a citation in a paper supports, contradicts or just mentions the study. The scite_ database is still growing: not all citations of every paper have been indexed. This means that you may not be able to identify all citations. But, scite_ can still give you crucial information during your literature search.

How to use scite_

You can use scite_ in two ways: (a) by using the search engine on the website and (b) by installing a plugin for your web browser (Firefox and Chrome). The browser plugin notifies you when you're on a website of a scientific paper. Both ways work best if you search for a specific title or DOI.

Do you want to check if a scientific publication has been supported or contradicted? Find out with scite_!

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In the series of Tool tips, Library staff reviews handy research tools. Think of tools that can help you with publishing your research, accessing literature, and managing data. Interested in other tool tips? You can find the links on the right hand side. And please do let us know if you have a research tool that might come in handy for others as well.