What is the Web of Science?

Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) is one of the "Top 10" databases on the UW Madison campus. With a highly integrated search platform, it provides researchers access to publications in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as conference proceedings.

In addition to offering outstanding multidisciplinary coverage, Web of Science is invaluable as an index citation database. It lists how many times a publication has been cited and identifies the sources of citations. Anyone conducting a literature search in Web of Science can find one to dozens of additional articles on a subject by simply linking to the cited references.  You may have already noticed that searching for articles in Google Scholar includes direct links to the Web of Science. 

Another feature worth noting is Current Content Connect.  This section of the database provides access to complete tables of contents, abstracts, and bibliographic information from leading scholarly journals and websites. There is a strong Business Collection and the Social & Behavioral Science Collection includes 141 law titles.  Web of Science encourages users to create a personal profile to save their searches and to set citation alerts. And since this is a Thomson Reuters database, all your work product can be exported to EndNote.

Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on March 5, 2015

This article appears in the categories: Law Library

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