Web of Science

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Publisher: Clarivate Analytics
Description: Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database, which provides access to bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references from scholarly journals, books, conference proceedings and other formats. Its major subject areas include sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. The heart of the platform is the Web of Science Core Collection, which indexes over 20,000 scholarly journals.
Subjects: Science, medicine and health sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences, arts.
Database Type: Bibliographic and citation information
Content: Journal and citation indexes
Coverage: 1900-present
Language: English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.
Interface Language: English
Access: Accessible in all NLL reading rooms


Web of Science provides cross-search of multiple databases:

  • Web of Science Core Collection: provides cover-to-cover indexing back to 1985 across the world’s highest-quality and most impactful publications in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
    The Web of Science Core Collection consists of several separate multidisciplinary citation indexes that can be searched independently or in combination. Included by default are the:
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1992–present)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1992–present)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1992–present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990–present)
  • Book Citation Index (2005–present)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015–present)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (1985–present)
  • Index Chemicus (1993–present)
  • BIOSIS Citation IndexSM (1926-present): an expansive index to the world"s life sciences literature, covering more than 5,200 journals from 100 countries, along with millions of records and conference documents.
  • Current Contents Connect® (2009-present): complete tables of contents and bibliographic information from the world’s leading scholarly journals.
  • Data Citation IndexSM (1900-present): research data sets and data studies from a wide range of international data repositories in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
  • Derwent Innovations IndexSM (1963-present): combines unique value-added patents from multiple patent issuing authorities into a single patent family for easy and complete discovery of each invention.
  • Russian Science Citation Index (2005-present): scholarly articles from researchers publishing in the core Russian science, technology, medical, and education journals.
  • SciELO Citation Index (2002-present): provides scholarly literature in sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities published in leading open access journals from Latin American, Portugal, Spain, and South Africa.
  • Zoological Record® (1864-present): the world’s oldest continuing database of animal biology. It is considered the world’s leading taxonomic reference. Database also serves as the unofficial register of animal names.

Web of Science features and tools:

Journal Citation Reports® (JCR): provides impact factors and rankings of many journals in the social and life sciences based on millions of citations. It offers numerous sorting options including impact factor, total cites, total articles, and immediacy index.
Journal Impact Factor (JIF): A journal impact factor is a calculation based on a two-year period and is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years.
EigenFactor: The Eigenfactor Score calculation is based on the number of times articles from the journal published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year.

EndNote® – a reference management program which allows to organize literature references and to create reference lists. To use this feature, you must be a registered user of Web of Science and you must sign in.