It is important to remember that citation patterns vary widely between disciplines and across types of publications, as the image below shows:
Image source: Impact of the Social Sciences http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/the-handbook/chapter-1-what-shapes-the-citing-of-academic-publications/
This means that for disciplines where book or conference paper publishing is more common, such as in the humanities and social sciences or engineering and the applied sciences, citation patterns will look very different to a discipline that relies more heavily on journal articles.
For this reason, it is not possible to compare citation counts across disciplines and care should be taken when making comparisons within disciplines.
There are three main tools to generate graphs of your citation patterns including:
These tools let you create a profile, saving you time when reviewing your citation patterns.
These graphs, taken from Web of Science, show two different aspects of publishing patterns: