PSY 309-A Research Methods: Web of Science

Web of Science

Web of Science (WoS) is the most trusted citation index for scientific and scholarly research. WoS is interdisciplinary and includes the "best" journals of each subject area. 

WoS is a great place to start your research as you will have access to more resources than any of our database and can use the "Times Cited" feature to find what literature is the most cited and considered foundational in the subject area you are researching.

Articles in Web of Science are also tagged with important information about their structure, such as "review article".  They are not tagged for content, so you must include all possible variations of the topic you are searching. 

WoS searches search the citation, abstract and tags, NOT the full-text of an article. This should not be an issue if you want an article that is primarily about a specific topic, the information will be in the abstract.  

Does Corette Library have a WoS result?

When you search Web of Science and want to know if Corette Library offers full-text acces to a result, click on the "Carroll College Full Text" link that can be found beneath each result.

This will redirect you to a record in the library catalog (Saints Search).

If we have the resource, you will see links to one or more databases under View Online that provide access. Click any of these to access the full-text of a resource. We may also have the print version of a book or article you find in WoS. The library record would display the physical holding information above the "View Online" database links if so.


If Corette Library does not have the resource, you will see a library record with a link to request the resource via interlibrary loan (ILL). Clicking an ILL link from the library's catalog will pre-populate the ILL form with the resource's information, saving you some time.  



Looking More Closely at a Source in WoS

When you see a result in a WoS search that you like, click on the result's title to go into that source's record.

From the record, you can: read the abstract to get a better idea about what sort of information that source has to offer you; view the keywords that have been assigned to that source which tell you the main subjects that are discussed (and which may also tell you that there are a lot of subjects you are NOT interested in and that THAT source is not for you); see how many times that source has been cited in WoS sources; and, view the references or citations that the source has used. 


Searching Times Cited or Citation Tracking

Web of Science track citations, providing you with information about how many times a source has been cited by other articles, books, conference papers, etc..  

After you have searched a topic in WoS, your results will display in the default view by date (most recently published). In the navigation menu above your results, you have the option to view your results by "Times Cited." 

If you click "Times Cited," your results will display by the source that has been cited THE MOST first. Clicking this again would display your results by THE LEAST cited first.

Each result's number of times it has been cited can be viewed on the right of the result.


Cited Reference Search

WoS also offers the ability to look up a source and see the other sources that have cited it.

This type of search be a GREAT way to find similar sources to one that you have already found is relevant to you. In other words, once you find an article that is spot on with what you are researching, try searching it using WoS' Cited Reference Search to see all other literature that has used that same source. Chances are many of those results will be relevant to you.