A quick tour of Web of Science's unique features and use for multidisciplinary research

Start Using Web of Science: Here

Welcome to the basic introduction for the Web of Science database. This quick tour will show you some of Web of Science’s unique features and get you ready to use one of the most unique multidisciplinary research tools around.

Right off the bat, it is important to note that Web of Science is not a full-text database. Rather, it is an index of premium, peer-reviewed resources that links to other databases that provide full-text copies. The main Web of Science database screen allows you to do a basic search in a variety of different fields and allows some customization using the dropdown menu and other provided links.

Web of Science has some other unique, important features.

The first is the Journal Citation Report, or the JCR. The JCR can be found in the black toolbar at the top of the screen. The JCR shows what impact a journal has within its subject area. If you want to see what journal’s articles are cited the most, the JCR will help.

Another great feature in the Web of Science is that it provides “times cited” counts for all of its citations. So when you find a citation for a specific article, as with this example, you can see if it has been cited by other articles in Web of Science.

Web of Science also has many other advantages such as seamless citation transfer using EndNote and robust indexing, including searchable fields for topics, authors, funding agencies, and organizations.

As always, your librarians are here to help you feel comfortable using this or any other resource available through the NSU Libraries. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your research questions, or you can view our other videos for further instructional assistance. Have a great day!