Database Discovery: Citation Indexes (Web of Science)

What is it and how can it help me?

Produced by Thomson Reuters, Web of Science is made up of four citation indexes covering Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Conference proceedings.  As well as being able to search for articles using a range of criteria, eg author, article title, topic, Citation Indexes are also able to create Citation Reports for authors, providing data such as the h-index, citations per year and publications per year.  Citation Maps provide a visual representation of connections between articles, and the Analyze Results tools is an easy way of looking for trends and patterns in your results.

Further, the Cited Reference Search allows you to find articles that cite a particular article or author.  You can set up emails alerts to inform you when a paper or author is cited.

What is the coverage?

There are four Citation Databases:

–         Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-present) – around 8,200 journal titles

–         Social Sciences Citation Index (1970-present) – around 2,800 titles

–         Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present) – around 1,500 titles

–         Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present)

How do I access it?

There are various possible routes to access…

– For on-site access click here.

– Login to MyAthens; from the Resources tab, select Web of Knowledge, and then click on the “Web of Science” tab.

– From the A-Z list of databases on the Library website, click on C for Citation.

NHS staff can only access this service on-site, on a Library PC.

How can I get more help?

The Library website provides a number of guides and helpsheets including “Cited Reference Searching using Citation Indexes”, which covers the basics of looking up an article to find citing sources.

To learn more about the full functionally of the citation indexes, take a look at the training section of the Thomson Reuters website to view a tutorial on Web of Science.

You can also contact the Library by email library@sgul.ac.uk.  Or contact you Liaison Librarian directly.

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