What is Web of Science?

  • Web of Science is an online index that covers journal articles published in the physical and life sciences, health sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
  • Web of Science is a great database to use for public health research or other topics that may be of interest to various disciplines.


Searching Web of Science

You will automatically be in the basic Search function of Web of Science. Add your keywords to the search box(es). You can use the left-side pulldown menus to select the right Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT), and the right-side pulldown menus to select where Web of Science should search for your word, such as Topic (for keywords), Title (words in the title of the article), etc. You can also select which years the database will search.


Here's an example of a search on measles vaccination:




On the Results page, you can browse through the citations, mark citations to print/email/save, or refine the results (apply limits) such as publication year, language, subject:




Clicking on the Find It button will show you how you can access either the full-text of the article, or where a print format may be located in a campus library and other useful options:



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