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Citation Databases

Web of Science comprises several databases covering thousands of scholarly journals. As one of the most comprehensive and authoritative sources for international research, it provides access to the cited references of articles and other documents.

What is a Citation Database?

Citation indexes or databases enable you to identify and search for references to previously published works cited by authors in their bibliographies. The ability to search for cited references makes these databases unique and especially valuable to scholars.

Please note: Citation databases are NOT full text.

Web of Science is great for...

  • Exploring high impact journals in a field
  • Tracking the research activity of individuals, institutions, or countries
  • Discovering who is citing your research
  • Following the history of an idea or topic

LIU offers access to two Web of Science databases: Science Citation Index ExpandedTM and Social Sciences Citation Index®.

What is Science Citation Index ExpandedTM?

This database covers over 6,650 journals across 150 scientific disciplines.

What is Social Sciences Citation Index®?

This database covers over 1,950 journals across 50 social science disciplines.

How do you get to Web of Science?

At the Library homepage, click Online Databases. In the alphabetic listing at the top, click the W box to access Web of Science.

Beginning your Web of Science Search

Enter terms and use pull-down menus in General Search to retrieve citations by Topic, Title, Author, Source, Publication Year, Language, Document Type, or a combination of the above.

Using Limit Options

To select either Social Science or Science Citation Index, click Change Limits and Settings below the search boxes. Then scroll down to the database and timespan options. (Timespan indicates when works were listed in the database, not their actual publication date.)

Combining Terms

You can enter terms or phrases separated by the Boolean operators, AND, OR, NOT, or SAME (same sentence). Here is an example:
            (plastic* OR polymer*) SAME coating*

Advanced Search

Using 2-character tags such as TS for topic, or CU for country, you can refine your search. To find papers published in Bulgaria during 2005, enter:
            CU=Bulgaria and PY=2005

Cited Reference Search

You can retrieve citations to an author's work by entering the cited author, the cited work's source, and/or the publication year. Here is an example of a cited author search with or without the apostrophe:
            O'BRIAN C* OR OBRIAN C*

Sorting Cited References

You can sort your results by the number of times a work is cited by other authors.

Getting Help

You can reach the Web of Science Tutorial at: scientific.thomson.com/tutorials/wos7/

To schedule a one-on-one research session with a librarian, call 516-299-4138, or stop by or call the Reference Desk (516-299-2305) for assistance.

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