Web of Science Includes the Humanities and Social Sciences
|The Web of
||The most recent addition to the host
of electronic resources the Library makes available to the
University of Chicago community is the Web of Science, a powerful
web interface to three of the Institute for Scientific
Information's citation databases: Science Citation Index
Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index,
and Arts and Humanities Citation Index (formerly
SciSearch, Social SciSearch, and Arts and Humanities Search).
Access to the Web of Science is by means of a consortial agreement
through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The
University of Chicago Library also subscribes to a ten year
backfile (1987-) for all three citation indexes.
Until Fall Quarter 1997, access to these heavily used resources was greatly restricted, as only one person at a time could consult the print compilations or CD-ROM versions of these indexes. In addition, a multi-year or interdisciplinary topic search overlapping between the sciences and social sciences required travel to both Regenstein and Crerar and a manual compilation of the results.
The Web of Science now permits access for up to five simultaneous users from any University of Chicago networked workstation. Users can log in from any off-campus location, provided they do so through their University of Chicago connection. Features of the Web of Science interface include: the ability to search one or any combination of the indexes simultaneously as a simple option off of the main search screen; the inclusion of abstracts, and links to the cited, citing, and related references for most papers indexed in the database; and the ability to customize search results using either ProCite or Reference Manager bibliographic management software from home or office.
While the citation indexes can be utilized as standard searching tools, locating information by author, title, and subject, The most unique feature of these indexes is the inclusion of cited references--the footnotes or bibliography published in a scholarly paper--in addition to the standard author, title and subject index information. Using a citation index, researchers can look up a reference to a work and find what journal articles have cited it. Collectively, the ISI Citation Databases index more than 8,000 journals. New citations are uploaded weekly and are available for searching each Friday morning.
The Library offers instruction on how to conduct a cited reference search using the Web of Science as a part of its regular Electronic Resource Instruction program. See the Electronic Library Series on LibInfo at ..ERI/>www.lib.uchicago.edu/LibInfo/ERI/ for class listings. A primer on Cited Reference Searching is also available at ..../~atbrooks/woscite.html>www.lib.uchicago.edu/~atbrooks/woscite.html. Extensive help files are also available online from ISI.
For more information, contact Rebecca Woolbert, Science Reference Librarian/Biomedical Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-7569, or the reference desks at Crerar (702-7715) or Regenstein (702-4685).