Library News - October 2007
SSEC Employee News: October 2007
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By Jean Phillips, Librarian


Give Me Five Minutes More...

The research tools and databases provided by the UW-Madison Libraries are increasingly powerful and sophisticated. You may have used these resources for years, but have you taken advantage of all of their features? Many of you search Web of Science regularly. How much could you find out about a potential peer reviewer in just five minutes?

Here is what we found:

  • List of publications from the last four years. This one isn't surprising. If we limit our search to the latest four years and do an author search. In order to make sure we have the correct author, use the "Author Finder" path. We chose the author "MA Resnick", who has published 20 papers from 2003-2007.

  • Any review articles published? By limiting the document type of our search results to "Review" we find he has published one review article. We know that generally those writing review articles are well known in their field.

  • Who are his co-authors? If we analyze our author search by "Author" we are presented with a neat list of all his co-authors for this time period, including how many papers he has authored with each.

  • With which institutions is he associated by co-authorship? Again, use the "Analyze" feature and choose "Institution".

  • Has he been involved in any international collaborations? Use the "Analyze" feature and choose "Country/Territory".

  • In which journals has he published? Use the "Analyze feature" and choose "Source Title". We already know the top journals in our field, so we can easily see in which journals this author is publishing and assess their importance.

  • How frequently is the body of his work cited? From the author search results screen we can choose the "Citation Report" button. It will show us his cumulated citation record over the period of time chosen and also a break down of the citation history for each of the publications in that time period. Another option allows us to remove the self-citations from the report. This can sometimes dramatically change the picture.

  • Is his publication rate steady or variable over time? Again, the "Citation Report" button will bring us a graph of the number of papers published each year in the chosen time period.

  • What is his current contact information? If we choose the most recent record in our search results the display will include the mailing addresses of all authors at the time of publication. It will most often have e-mail links for the reprint authors as well.

This is a huge amount of information to gather in a mere five minutes from a single information source! (Excerpted from the NSF Sci-Tech Library Newsletter, 10/11/07)

Contact the Library if you have any questions about using Web of Science or any other Research Database.



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