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Web of Science platform: Introduction

Learn more about the databases on the Web of Science platform.

Learning resources for the new Web of Science interface

 information icon  The Web of Science has been updated with a brand new interface.  Find learning resources for the new Web of Science interface on our new learning portal.   All of the materials on this page refer to the classic Web of Science interface.  You will have access to both the classic and new versions through 2021. 

What is Web of Science?

Web of Science is a platform consisting of several literature search databases designed to support scientific and scholarly research.

Web of Science platform diagram

Note: Your institution's entitlement to the Web of Science platform may not include all these databases.

There are databases with a subject focus like Medline, BIOSIS Citation Index, and Zoological Record; databases with a document type focus like Derwent Innovations Index (patents) and Data Citation Index (datasets and data studies); and databases highlighting content from regions around the world.

Web of Science Core Collection is our premier resource on the platform and includes over 21,000 peer-reviewed, high-quality scholarly journals published worldwide (including Open Access journals); over 205,000 conference proceedings; and over 104,000 editorially selected books.

Search across all databases on the platform to find content spanning multiple disciplines, document types, and formats. Discover the citation connections between these diverse content sets. Explore the more than one billion searchable cited references in Web of Science.

Getting Started

1. Access Web of Science from your library’s electronic resources page.

2. Create a sign-in for Web of Science (top right corner of the landing page).

While optional, creating a sign-in allows you to:

  • access Web of Science offsite (
    • Roaming access is 6 months.
    • Sign in onsite to refresh roaming access for another 6 month period.
  • save your searches
  • set up search alerts and citation alerts
  • save lists of records for later use
  • sign in with the same credentials for InCites, EndNote online, and Publons

3. Sign up for live web-based training. Register for a class and walk through our products with an expert trainer.

4. Watch our video tutorials. This playlist of short videos from our YouTube channel walks you through key features on the Web of Science platform.

5. Use the tabs at the top of this guide to explore each database on the platform in more detail.