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Web of Science

Web of Science provides coverage of thousands of records of the highest impact research content in the world.  This content includes peer reviewed journals, books, conference proceedings, patents, data sets, as well as chemistry, animal and biological science research databases.  The following are covered in the Web of Science:    

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1900-present)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Science (2005-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (2005-present)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (1986-present)
  • (Includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840)
  • Index Chemicus (1993-present)
  • BIOSIS Citation Index(1926-present) 
  • Current Contents Connect (1998-present)
  • Data Citation Index (1900-present)
  • Derwent Innovations Index  (1963-present)
  • MEDLINE® (1950-present)
  • SciELO Citation Index (1997-present)
  • Zoological Record (1864-present)


You’ll find current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.  

  • The largest abstract/citation database of research literature
  • The most complete index of research literature with no gaps in coverage.
  • WOS is the only database that has a complete cited reference index --Journal Citation Reports. It compiles articles’ cited references and shows the relationship between cited and citing articles. This helps measure research influence and impact.
  • WOS includes analytical capabilities of journals and authors, including Journal Impact Factor (five-year impact factor, Elgenfactor Metrics, Impact Factor boxplots, Rank-In-Category Tables, Journal self-citations).

Web of Science uniquely indexes both cited and citing works - which enables the user to make explicit links between current research and prior scientific works.

  • Cited reference data allows searchers to move both backward and forward in time to track and determine research influence.
  • Citation analysis allows searchers to find influential authors who are publishing high-impact research in various fields, discover important author and/or institutional research collaborations,and to determine where the most impactful research is being published.

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