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Web of Science (EN): Get going

What is Web of Science?

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Web of Science is a citation database for scientifc and scholarly literature in all areas of study.

For many articles, It contains the references given by the author, as well as the citations of that particular article by other authors. That way you can easily find related articles and you can also recover the impact of a major article.

In this LibGuide you can find information and useful tips on Web of Science.

Web of Science Core Collection

The Web of Science Core Collection contains:

Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) --1900-present
Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) --1900-present
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) --1975-present
Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) --2015-present

Next to the core collection you can also search through the KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980-present), MEDLINE® (1950-present), the Russian Science Citation Index (2005-present) and the SciELO Citation Index (2002-present)

If you are searching for a specific journal go to the Web of Science Master Journal list. If you want to know which journals are included in the 4 collections click on the blue button 'Search journals', choose 'Web of Science Coverage' and select the collection of your choice.

What will you find in the Web of Science?

  • Journal articles and reviews covering all disciplines (Sciences  and Social Sciences), from 1900 onwards. For Arts & Humanities from 1975
  • Book reviews
  • Conference Proceedings covering all disciplines: 1990-present
  • All content of a journal, including editorials, introductions to special issues, obituaries, letters to the editor etc.
  • Citations of articles
  • Citation scores of authors and citation data of the publications by author

What to use Web of Science for

Use Web of Science to:

  • Find scholarly articles, conference proceedings and reviews
  • Find citations and conduct a further search based on the citations you found
  • Check how many times and by who publications have been cited
  • Author citation reports (H-index)

Use the articles you found for a further search

When you have found an article, you may find more literature by:

  • ‘Times cited':  gives a list of recent publications referring to this article
  • 'Cited References':  gives a list of publications referred to in the article (click on the title first)
  • 'View related records': gives an overview of publications containing the same literature references (click on the title first)
  • Clicking on the name of the author, in order to get more publications by this particular author

Web of Science training portal

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