The Web of Science provides seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 10.000 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Web of Science also provides a unique search method, cited reference searching. With this database you may discover who is citing your research and what the impact of your work on the global research community is.
Web of Science consists of :
Web of Science core collection (1945-present)
- Science citation index expanded (1945-present)
- Social sciences citation index (1956-present)
- Arts and humanities citation index (1975-present)
- Conference proceedings citation index - science (1991-present)
- Conference proceedings citation index - social science & humanities (1991-present)
KCI-Korean Journal database (1980-present)
SciELO Citation Index (1997-present)
A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the articles covered by the index. A cited reference search enables you to find articles that cite a previously published work. Besides that you can search these databases by topic, author, source title and address by using the General Search and Advanced Search options.
It is possible to select only Open Access publications in your search results, using the refine option bottom left on your screen.
The science citation index expanded is a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences: it fully indexes 6.650 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines.
The social sciences citation index is a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the social sciences. It fully indexes more than 90 million records across 55 social sciences disciplines, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.
The arts & humanities citation index is a multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It fully covers 1,160 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.
When to use
If you need high qualified information on certain topics you need to use Web of Science. Besides that Web of Science enables you to find linkages between research and researchers. A very important feature if you do research. So this database becomes very important if you start doing your research. Web of Science contains only journal articles and conference proceedings.