The next time you log into the Web of Science/Knowledge you will be greeted with a new interface and rebranded platform and database suites.
As to the rebranding, Web of Knowledge brand name has been discontinued. “Web of Knowledge” is rebranded as “Web of Science” (both the platform and the full suite of databases available thereon) and the old “Web of Science” citation database suite is now the “Web of Science Core Collection”.
As to the interface, the look and feel is rather different. However, the underlying fields and databases remain the same. No content/functionality has been lost, though some of it is hidden from the default view. There is a helpful “what’s new” page http://images.webofknowledge.com/WOKRS513R8.1/help/WOK/hp_whatsnew_wok.html and for those truly interested, you may wish to watch some of the new short videos at http://wokinfo.com/training_support/training/web-of-science/.
A few of the changes of note:
- Only one search field will display unless you click “+Add Another Field.”
- The list of databases/indexes within Web of Science will no longer appear at the bottom of the search screen by default. Instead, towards the top there is an orange chevron beside the “All Databases” header that produces a dropdown menu that will enable you to select a particular database including the Web of Science Core Collection (the classic citation database cluster).
- The sort function has been moved to the center of the results page.
- Times cited is featured more prominently on the right hand side of each article.
- Keywords are clickable enabling you to execute a new search.
- Navigation is simpler. Just use your browser’s forward and backward arrows.
- Google Scholar will contain links to Web of Science on campus or if you are connected to UB’s IP address off site.
Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Science & Engineering Information Center staff or your department’s library liaison.