What is a Shepard's® depth of discussion indicator?

These indicators show you the various ways in which citing documents consider the cited reference. The number of bars shown indicates the relative differences between the categories.

ImageIndicatorThe Citing Document...
Depth of Discussion indicator with 4 barsAnalyzedFully considers the cited reference
Depth of Discussion indicator with 3 barsDiscussedDiscusses the cited reference with some measure of analysis
Depth of Discussion indicator with 2 barsMentionedMentions the cited reference but does so briefly
Depth of Discussion indicator with 1 barCitedCites to the reference with minimal if any discussion

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