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Web of Science Core Collection: Getting Started

Guide describes how to access and to search the Web of Science database.

Introduction

Powered by Thomson Reuters, the Web of Science Core Collection database is a collection of several cross-searchable databases:

  • Science Citation Index
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • Book Citation Index

You can search one or more of these databases from the Web of Science interface.

The benefits of searching this citation collection is that one can search for current and retrospective information successfully in over 12,000 multidisciplinary journals, 50,000 books, and over 160,000 conference proceedings. The Web of Science collection is particularly good for citation searching, that is, to discover how many times a particular author or article has been cited and by whom, and to locate later works which cite a specific article, allowing one to trace the development of a particular research path.

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