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Web of Science and BIOSIS Database News

By Beth Weil (UCB), WoS and BIOSIS Resource Liaison

As part of the CDL negotiated 3-year Web of Science renewal, UC campuses now have access to Social Science Citation Index back to 1900 through the Web of Science database.  This carefully selected and evaluated collection delivers to users the most influential scientific research information from the 20th century. The world itself changed dramatically during the first half of the 20th Century, and the published research during this period of time is reflective of these great changes.  Students and researchers can now search this information in one place, across many disciplines of the social sciences, following paths forward and backward in time through cited reference navigation.

This summer UC will switch to a new Thomson platform, Web of Knowledge 5.0.  At that time we will also gain access to the Biosis Citation Index, which includes citation data for all Biosis journal titles back to 2006.  This new platform will remove the 100,000 record searching limitation, which will be a welcome enhancement.  Thomson expects to run both platforms in parallel for a couple of months.