Web of Science
Last Updated: May 5, 2020 3:49 PM
The Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) search system allows single-pass (simultaneous) searching of thirteen major databases:
- Web of Science Core Collection Databases:
- BIOSIS Citation Index (2008+)
- Current Contents Connect (1998+)
- Data Citation Index (1900+)
- Derwent Innovations Index (patents, 2008+)
- KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980+)
- MEDLINE (1950+)
- Russian Science Citation Index (2005+)
- SciELO Citation Index - Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean & South Africa.(1997+)
- Zoological Record (2008+)
Searching the entire Web of Science collection of databases together for keyword, title, and author searching will assure a more comprehensive search than searching Web of Science Core Collection alone. The Web of Science platform covers additional materials like patents, data sets, and significantly more life sciences references. At any time, one can move between a multi-database search and a single database search by clicking the All Databases drop down menu at the top of the default search screen. One can also limit a result set to specific databases using the Databases category in the left-hand column of the search results screen. Note that with a Web of Science All Databases search, one can still link to both cited references (the bibliography of a paper) and more recent references that cite the particular item.
The search system is one of the very few large databases that permit left-hand truncation in addition to the common right-hand truncation (word stemming), both using the asterisk symbol. For example, the query '*degrad*' retrieves degradation, photodegrade, biodegradations, etc.
However, we recommend searching only the Web of Science Core Collection when doing citation/tenure metrics analyses and certain advanced search features specific to the WOSCC. One reason for using WOSCC for citation metrics is that it is one of the few major databases that includes all authors and all of their affiliations. Nearly all other databases provide an address only for the lead or contact author.
These advanced search features are accessed by clicking the drop down arrow beside the default Basic Search option on the default search screen and include:
- Cited Reference Searching (starting with a key reference and searching for papers forward in time that cite that key reference)
- Author Search (special guided search to focus search on a specific author)
Search results are automatically deduped so a given work is listed only once. In the full record display, the Web of Science Core Collection record is presented by default with links to the same item in other databases listed in the right-hand, blue-shaded column. This same column has links to the references cited by the work as well as links to other works that cite the currently viewed item.
A search across all Web of Science databases covers journal articles, conference papers, books, book chapters, patents, data sets, chemical reactions, and technical reports from thousands of published sources.
Varies by database, see itemized listing of component databases in the description section above.
Click on the database links in the Related Database section.
See also each individual component database linked in the bulleted listing in the display above.
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