What is Web of Science?
Web of Science is a powerful citation database containing abstracts to articles and conference proceedings in the health and basic sciences. There is some overlap in content with PubMed, but Web of Science contains many citations that are not indexed in PubMed. Unlike PubMed, Web of Science allows you to find articles that have referenced a particular article by performing a citation search.
The indexes included in our Web of Science subscription are Science Citation Index Expanded (1964-present) and Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (2010-present). We also have access to Journal Citation Reports, which provide journal performance metrics so you can critically evaluate the world’s leading scientific journals.
Web of Science can also be used to measure yours or a colleague's scholarly productivity. Please refer to the h-index section of this guide to find out more.
Phrase or Keyword Searching
Unlike searching MEDLINE via PubMed, Web of Science has no controlled vocabulary thesaurus. You can, however, use basic phrases or keywords to perform a search. Be sure to select "Topic" from the search bar drop down menu before launching your search.
Sometimes you may get too many results searching by topic. Try a similar search restricting your phrase or keywords to the title only (using the drop down search bar menu), or restrict major terms to the title and search for supplemental concepts by topic.
Other search fields you can use are: