Web of Science

Web of Science
  • Availability: bibliographic records / abstracts
  • Documents: journals / papers / books / other
  • Format: text
  • Specialisation: multidisciplinary
  • Period covered: 1900–present day
  • Publication language: multilingual
  • Interface language: English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Downloads available: yes
  • Off-line loans available: no
  • Guide – search (English only)
    Guide – search in all databases (English only)
    Video guide


Web of Science is an interface providing access to the citation and abstract databases of the company Thomson Reuters. The ASL licence provides access to nine databases:

The Web of Science Core Collection is the main Web of Science database. This multidisciplinary database contains records of impacted journals and konference proceedings from all over the world (including open-access journals. It covers more than 250 branches of science from the year 1900 onwards.

It includes the following citation indexes:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (titles)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (titles)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (titles)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index / Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Science
  • Book Citation Index
  • Current Chemical Reactions
  • Index Chemicus (titles)

BIOSIS Citation Index is the world’s most comprehensive reference database for research in the natural sciences. It contains bibliographic records of papers, proceedings, books and research reports, including citation links. It covers documents from 1994 to the present day.

Current Contents Connect contains bibliographic data and the contents and abstracts of specialist journals and books currently published and selected webpages and documents. It provides an overview of the literature currently published on selected topics. The following editions are available under the ASL licence:

  • Agriculture, biology and environmental sciences
  • Social sciences and behavioural sciences
  • Clinical medicine
  • Physics, chemistry, Earth science
  • Engineering and technology
  • The humanities
  • Business
  • Electronics and communication

Data Citation Index is a database focusing on work with research data, data sets and research reports. It makes it possible to discover useful data associated with a selected topic. The ASL licence provides access to the editions Science and Social Sciences & Humanities.

Derwent Innovations Index makes it possible to conduct quick and accurate searches for patents in chemistry, electrotechnics, electronics and engineering. It contains more than 14.3 million discoveries registered with forty of the world’s patent organisations. Derwent Patent Citation Index also makes it possible to search for links between individual patents using citations. The index covers patents stretching back to 1963, with citations dating back to 1973.

KCI-Korean Journal Database contains bibliographic records on papers from around two thousand specialist journals published in Korea. This includes both pre-subscribed journals and journals published in open-access form. Covering a period dating back to 1980.

MEDLINE is a leading bibliographic database in medicine and related sciences created by the US National Library of Medicine. It indexes content from more than 4,900 branch journals published in thirty languages and a selection of relevant documents from newspapers, magazines and news bulletins. The branch thesaurus Medical Subject Headings and CAS registry numbers of chemical substances can be used for search purposes. Covering a period dating back to 1950.

SciELO Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database providing access to specialist texts published in open-access journals in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and South Africa. Covering a period dating back to 1997.

Zoological Record is the world’s oldest database in animal biology. It contains 4,719 journal titles and other documents including books, research reports and conference proceedings covering a period dating back to 1994. It also contains an extensive database of animal names which, thanks to its coverage dating back to 1864, makes it possible to study the development of individual naming systems.

Web of Science also makes it possible to access the Journal Citation Reports citation databases.




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