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COMM 311 - Commerce Scholars Program

About Web of Science

Web of Science is an interdisciplinary database with articles from over 12,000 scholarly journals as well as conference proceedings in the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Search Alert

  1. Adjust your search words and search terms until you get the best results
  2. Click on the Create Alert/RSS button at the top left hand of the search results 
  3. Save the search results and you will see a screen with an RSS feed option
  4. Click on My Saved Searches at the top right to view or change
  5. Remember that you need to register an account with the Web of Science to use this feature

Exporting to Refworks

  1. Place a check beside the results that you want RefWorks to cite
  2. When you are ready to export, click on the dropdown box above the search results and choose RefWorks
  3. You can combine the journals that you want to cite using RefWorks by clicking Add to Marked List after placing a check beside the results. It will bring you to a new window with options as to which entries of the journal shall be exported to RefWorks

Cited by Feature

The Cited by Feature connects you easily with articles that cite a particular article of interest to you (e.g. written by you, a mentor or someone that is central to your research, provided that article appears in the Web of Science)

Example: Sandra Robinson co-authored an article "Trust that binds: the impact of collective felt trust on organizational performance" in the Journal of Applied Psychology in 2008.

  1. Search for Robinson, S* (author)
  2. Search for the abbreviation of the journal by using the Find command (Ctrl + F)
  3. Enter the publication year
  4. Click on Create Citation Report see both citing articles and the articles she has cited

The Citation Report feature displays bar charts for the number of items published each year and the number of citations each year, plus counts for the average number of citations per item, the number of citations per year per publication, average number of citations per year per publication, and the H-index.

Citation Analysis & Impact Factors

Citation Analysis is the examination of the frequency and patterns of citations in articles and books. 

It can be used to evaluate the impact of individual research, mapping impact in a field of research or journal, discover related research, or decide on a publication in which to publish.

 A Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is used to indicate the relative importance of a journal within a given field and a higher JIF is seen as providing more “authority” or “weight” to a researchers’ work.

For much more detailed information, see UBC Library's Citation Analysis & Impact Factors page: