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Web of Science is a platform consisting of several literature search databases designed to support scientific and scholarly research.

What is Web of Science?

The Web of Science database is composed of: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index Expanded.

Web of Science extracts the citation information from the articles in over 10,000 journals (aka the "source journals").

Use Cited Reference Search to see how many times a particular work or author has been cited. 

Or, search for a particular work, then click on the number that follows Times Cited.

Create a Citation Alert to be notified of when a particular work is cited.

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Finding Citations using Web of Science

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A citation search in Web of Science is not a complete citation search:

  • Only citations from their 10,000 source journals are counted.
  • Citations from books, dissertation & theses, patents and technical reports are not included in the database. 
  • Subjects are not covered evenly by date; the science journals used for the source of citation data go much farther back in time than the source journals in the arts, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Some subject areas are poorly covered including law, business and education.