Citation searching with Web of Science (Toolkit Activity)

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The Web of Science is an online abstracting and indexing database which concentrates on the prestigious high-impact journals. Its strength lies in citation searching – the “association of ideas” built up through bibliographies. These connections enable you to: establish the most important research papers; locate current research based on earlier research; track the history or methodology of a research idea; look at the influence a particular paper has had; and so on.


This task will give you a flavour of how you might use the Web of Science in your research. You can try this task on your own, although it was designed to be done in a classroom with a teacher to support you.

For this task, you will need web browser software such as Mozilla Firefox or Edge installed on your computer. Talk to your IT support person about this.



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