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Gerstein news
electronic resources newsletter from the Gerstein Science Information Centre

Volume 6, Issue 2/ January 2005    
1. Web of Science--new features!
2. Ovid AutoAlerts now with direct links to fulltext!
3. Cochrane changes and new features
4. Chemistry resources: SciFinder Scholar & Merck Index
5. MedlinePlus illustrations and patient handouts
6. A First Look at Google Scholar
7.MDConsult Replacement
8. Natural Standard Database for alternative medicine
9. January and February classes of interest to faculty
10. MEDLINE/PubMed appointments always available at Gerstein
11. Previous issue contents
1.Web of Science® - Exciting New Features!!

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database which covers the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Its main strength is its citation feature: it will tell you who has cited any particular article. Recent enhancements allow researchers to conduct more powerful searches of the literature.

Results Analysis Tool - refine results like never before

  • recognize trends and access subsets by author, document type, institution, language, publication year, source title, and journal categories.
  • analyse the growth of published research on a topic over the years
  • find the most prolific authors
  • discover the institutions most heavily involved in different research fields (see figure below)
  • note the most published in journals


Citation alert feature:
you can receive email alerts containing information on published papers that cite a particular paper you have selected.

Related records feature: now displays the number of references shared by related papers - an efficient way of gauging relevance.

Sorting results by source title, first author or citedness are possible. This latter is a particularly valuable feature for selecting the most cited, and therefore probably most respected, articles.

Cited reference searching enhancements: "cited author" and "cited works" indexes are available as search aids. To be truly comprehensive in your search efforts, the Cited Reference Search is essential in that it can retrieve information often missed through the use of keywords alone.

Federated searching using ISI CrossSearch searches several databases at once:

  • Web of Science (includes Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Index)
  • BIOSIS Previews (all biological sciences including medical sciences)
  • ISI Proceedings (science & technology and social sciences & humanities conference reports)
  • Derwent Innovations Index (patent info)
    as well as:
  • PubMed (medicine)
  • Cochrane Library (evidence based medicine)
  • Popline (population, family planning, and related issues.)
  • ERIC (education)
  • Agricola (agriculture)
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Computer science, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, and physics e-Print archive

For more Information, contact ask.gerstein@utoronto.ca

To access Web of Science:
  1. Go to Gerstein Library's homepage: www.library.utoronto.ca/gerstein
  2. Click on Web of Science

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