Web of Science

Web of Science

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Web of Science is also known as Web of knowledge, which is an online subscription for citation service. The web becomes a vast storehouse of knowledge known for being the largest and most widely known repository of hypertext. The hypertext documents contain text and generally, embed hyperlinks to other documents distributed across the Web. It provides the researcher a channel to have a comprehensive citation search. Through this service, scholars, researchers, and scientists are able to access multiple databases, which include cross-reference research to find and generate information.[1]

  • A research repository

Web of knowledge is today world’s premier research platform, helping you to quickly find, analyze, and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. You get integrated access to high-quality literature through a unified platform that links a wide variety of content with one seamless search.

  • A brief statement of Web of Knowledge

The web has become a vast storehouse of knowledge, and gradually it built in a manner for users to find related hypertext documentation topics, hyperlinks, and queries. It is a living, growing, a populist participatory medium of expression with no central editorship. This created positive and negative implication. On the positive side, there is a widespread participation in authoring the content. The author can compare the information to the print or broadcast media, the ratio of content creators then searchers become more equitable. On the negative side, the heterogeneity and lack of structure make it hard to frame queries and satisfy information needs. For many queries posed with the help of words and phrases, there are thousands of apparently relevant responses, but on closer inspection, these turn out to be disappointing for all but the simplest queries. Queries involving nouns and noun phrases, where the information need is to find out about the named entity, are the simplest sort of information.

  • Find and analyze High-Quality Information

As universities around the world demand credential sources from their educational institutions, in this way, Eugene Garfield[2] launched the Science Citation Index (SCI), which in turn led to the Web of Knowledge or Web of Science to meet the needs of harnessing the right and accountable source for the scholars and researchers. The Web of Knowledge covers contents, regional databases, citations, abstracting and indexing.[3]

Web of Science is used in the majority of benchmarking analyses and bibliometric research projects.[4]

  • Citation Database

Web of Science consists of seven online databases: 1. Conference Proceedings Citation Index 2. Science Citation Index 3. Social Sciences Citation Index 4. Arts & Humanities Citation Index 5. Index Chemicus 6. Current Chemical Reactions 7. Book Citation Index

  • Toolkits

Google scholar https://scholar.google.ch/

ScienceDirect http://www.sciencedirect.com/

Elsevier https://www.elsevier.com/books-and-journals

SAGE journals http://online.sagepub.com/

ProQuest http://www.proquest.com/products-services/pq_ed_journals.html

Oxford Journals http://www.oxfordjournals.org/en/


  1. https://books.google.ch/books?hl=en&lr=&id=EtXSW9owrYYC&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=Web+of+Knowledge&ots=a54cJ358Ai&sig=vMFHWdiMDYX6CsBiiM-HBZkbdfw#v=onepage&q=Web%20of%20Knowledge&f=false
  2. [http://thomsonreuters.com/en/products-services/scholarly-scientific-research/scholarly-publishing-and-presenting/wos-biosis-author-connect.html
  3. Jacso, Peter. The impact of Eugene Garfield through the prism of Web of Science. Annals of Library and Information Studies, Vol. 57, September 2010, P. 222.
  4. Rousseau, R. (2012). Festschrifts in the information sciences, with special attention to Eugene Garfield’s festschrift “The Web of Knowledge”. Collnet Journal of Scientometrics and Information Management, 6(1), 7-16. doi:10.1080/09737766.2012.10700920