Thursday, November 30, 2006

Web of Science

Beginning in October, the University Libraries began subscribing to the Web of Science. You can find the Web of Science on the databases page of the University Libraries website.

In case you do not know, the Web of Science is an online index encompassing the Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Not only do these indexes provide access to citations of scholarly articles from thousands of journals but they also allow you to look at citation histories. In other words, the Web of Science can tell you who has been citing which articles and how frequently. Very useful for faculty working on career planning and for researchers in general who want to find the main researchers in a certain area or see what subsequent work has been done.

The Web of Science allows us access to the indexes back to 1992 at present with hopes of extending our subscription in the future to earlier volumes. Five users can simultaneously access the index and access it from any location, on or off campus, through the proxy server (ie you will be asked to enter your BSU/OutLook username and password).

Make sure that before you begin your search you go to the top of the screen and select Web of Science from the drop down menu then click GO (see image below). While the default page offers the CrossSearch function which searches multiple products, it does not allow as much refinement in filtering results as the Web of Science does.

Find out more about the Web of Science at the Thomson Scientific website or try the online tutorial for more practical information.