Dept. Head, Technical Services
been waiting for this for years, and it is extremely valuable!!!
...great tool for helping faculty and
students find pertinent references!
Fantastic searching tool!
are raving about Web of Science®,
the new online resource funded in part by the Friends of Carrier
strength of Web of Science®
is its "cited reference" searching.
Dr. Jim Herrick, Assistant Professor of Biology, writes:
I use the
Web of Science® (Science Citation Index) online search
engine on a regular basis because it provides a search capability
which is not possible with other search programs, namely the ability
to search forward in time from a cited article. This makes looking for
references, particularly on an unfamiliar topic, much much easier (and
since students are, by definition, always searching out unfamiliar
topics, the SCI is particularly useful for them). One can find a
seminal article, say on a new technique like the polymerase chain
reaction or a new area of investigation like bioinformatics, and
follow through to the present all papers which have cited that article
to see the latest uses or applications or extensions of the work.
Students all seem to have experience and an intuitive feel for looking
at cited references and going backward from there but express
universal amazement at this ability to search forward. It is already
proving to be a useful tool for my more advanced junior- and
senior-level students doing independent research.
features include "related records" and "holdings." The "related records" feature offers the ability to
compare an article with other articles in the database, which presumably
share a subject relationship based on the similarity of citations. It links and displays all articles that have cited references
in common. The "holdings" feature will search the LEO Library
Catalog for the journal title.
provides web access to two citation indexes and covers 1995 to date.
The name is misleading because the database provides broad
coverage in both the social sciences and sciences. Databases include:
Science Citation Index Expanded® indexes more than 5,600 major journals across
more than 150 scientific disciplines, including biology, medicine,
chemistry, cell biology, physics, toxicology, and psychiatry.
Social Sciences Citation Index Expanded® indexes more than 1,700 of the world's
leading social sciences journals and selectively covers over 5,600
leading science journals in a broad range of disciplines, including
geriatrics, health policy and services, nursing, rehabilitation, public
health, psychology, and biomedical social sciences.
is available to any member of the JMU community.
Service is limited to 5 simultaneous users.
Give it a try - you'll rave about it, too!
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