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The Wide Web of Science Includes the Humanities and Social Sciences

Web of Science Includes the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Web of Science
  • The Arts and Humanities Citation Index covers over 1,100 journals and is updated by 2,200 new records every week.
  • The Social Sciences Citation Index covers over 1,700 journals and is updated by 2,800 new records every week.
  • The Science Citation Index Expanded covers over 5,300 journals (2000 more titles than the print or CD-ROM version) and is updated with 16,000 new records every week.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded®, Social Sciences Citation Index®, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index® ©Copyright Institute for Scientific Information 1998.
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/> for class listings. A primer on Cited Reference Searching is also available at ..../~atbrooks/woscite.html> Extensive help files are also available online from ISI.

For more information, contact Rebecca Woolbert, Science Reference Librarian/Biomedical Specialist, at or 702-7569, or the reference desks at Crerar (702-7715) or Regenstein (702-4685).

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