Web of Science Backfiles Now Available

August 15, 2011

Contact:

(617) 373-3344

The Web of Science collection, from 1975 to the present, is now available through Northeastern University Libraries. Web of Science provides access to leading scholarly journal articles in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Individual articles provide listings of and links to subsequent articles and conference proceedings that have cited that original article.

Prior to this summer, only the 1993 to the present segment of the Web of Science collection was available to the Northeastern University community. With the recent acquisition of the earlier portion of Web of Science, from 1975 through 1992, researchers can now find, access, and analyze the wealth of scholarly articles published during those earlier years as well.

Also included in Web of Science is the Journal Citation Reports database, which, through citation analysis, provides performance metrics for particular journal titles. Users can measure the impact factor of a particular journal on the scholarly output within a subject discipline. In many instances, faculty output, by institution or individual faculty member, can be calculated as well.

Professor Vincent Harris, William Lincoln Smith Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, writes, “The full Web of Science is an important service to our science and engineering faculty and the greater science and technology community. This service allows us to keep pace of the impact of NEU faculty upon the community and more importantly to judge the impact of our scholarly work.” Similar advantages are available to researchers in other disciplines.

Finally, Researcher ID, another component of Web of Science, allows scholars to create a personal profile where they can showcase their scholarly publications and communicate with other scholars in their particular areas of research.

For more information about Web of Science or how to effectively use it, please contact Head of Research and Instruction Services, (617) 373-3344.

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