Research resource of the week @cityunilibrary – Web of Science

Web of Science is an integrated multidisciplinary  database  from Thomson  Reuters covering 9300 of the highest impact research journals  in the world back to 1970  which includes and allows both general and citation searching .

It is updated weekly has current and retrospective coverage of the:

Science Citation Index

Social Sciences Citation Index

Arts & Humanities Citation Index


Web of Science/ Google Scholar partnership

Web of Science has now partnered with Google Scholar to make their content more discoverable.

This means that you can see Google Scholar links on Web of Science. To do this, do a search, click on the title of the result and then click on Look up Full Text and this will display any Google Scholar links.

For Google Scholar, City University London staff and students can log in via this link and do a search and then Web of Science links will then appear under some of the results when available. They don’t currently appear when using Google Scholar without logging in.

This might be interesting for our researchers for discovering new content.

Web of Knowledge Enhancements May 2013

Web of Knowledge enhancements 2013

Enhanced Author search

There are 3 search options for retrieving papers associated with an author name
1. Select ‘Author’ from the Web of Science search menu
2. Use the Author Search Tool This allows selection of the research domain and institution
3. Search for papers using the Author Identifier (ResearcherID or OCID).

Organization-Enhanced searching

This the ability to search by an organization name that has been unified for the most comprehensive and specific search results.

Why is it important?
Without this functionality, a user would need to create elaborate search queries to collect all associated branches and alternate spellings of the organization.

By unifying the records, organization enhanced searching allows the user to browse a directory of organizations and their associated variants via the Preferred Organization Name Thesaurus search aid.

Create Alert/ RSS

This is now easier and possible across all Web of Knowledge databases on the results summary page. There is a button available on the results page.


This is a community of over 270K researchers, at various points in their careers and covering different industries. It is free to use.

Benefits of ResearcherID
• View professional information (current, joint and past affiliations, role, expertise, WebPages, name variants)
• View author level Citation Metrics (Times Cited)
• H index
• Search for collaborators
• View author collaboration network
• View author impact network


A free app Scan, Search and Save Scholarly Literature Available from the Apple App Store .

Web of Knowledge support documentation


The Web of Science database is very useful for citation or cited reference searching. Citation searching is a specialised type of searching which allows searching for articles or chapters which cite a particular work. This indicates relationships between works and also to some extent the impact a work has made on others in the field. This only includes items indexed by Web of Science and has an English language bias. The Journal Citation Reports allow searching for impact factors which measure the impact of a journal and allows comparisons.

Ths Scopus database allows searching for citations and for journal rankings and impact factors (search under Analytics).

Google Scholar is useful for journal articles and Google Books for book citations. The sources indexed by Google are not clear, they may produce results such as a blog post, a lesson plan, a reading list etc. These may not be appropriate for pure bibliometrics.

Publish or Perish is a free piece of software that retrieves and analyses academic citations. It uses Google Scholar then analyzes these and presents the following statistics. You can see not just the number of times an article is cited but how many times per year it has been cited.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank uses algorithms which are similar to Google Page Ranking and is based on data in the Scopus database. It covers some arts and humanities subjects.